Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

Established in 2005, the mission of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS) is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs.  SPTS provides research-based, in person and online training and curriculum for teens, parents, and schools that is in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practice Registry. SPTS launched its Youth Council and Youth Wellness Summit in 2015 in order to educate students on how to create a culture of wellness, be ambassadors for suicide prevention, and connect their peers in crisis to a trained professional.  Currently, SPTS has Youth Councils in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Research on best practices in like groups would support SPTS’s work especially as it looks to establish a youth council in each county in NJ.  Additionally, identifying an assessment instrument to gather data on the effectiveness of the training students receive or enhancing SPTS’s existing pre and post-survey would be helpful.  SPTS is also interested in finding ways to compare students’ attitudes towards suicide before and after being trained.