Lifelines, Youth Suicide Prevention

What is Lifelines?

Lifelines is a comprehensive youth suicide prevention program that targets the entire school community. It has four sequential components for administration, school faculty and staff, parents and 8th – 10th grade students.


What are the goals of Lifelines?

  • —To increase the likelihood that members of the school community can more easily identify potentially suicidal youth, know how to initially respond to them and how to rapidly get help for them.

  • —To increase the likelihood that troubled adolescents are aware of and have immediate access to helping resources and seek such help as an alternative to suicidal actions. 


Youth Suicide Statistics:

  • In the United States, suicide is the third-leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year-olds, following accidents and homicides.

  • One in six high school students has thoughts about suicide.

  • 16.9 percent of high school students have made a suicide plan in the past twelve months.

  • One in eleven high school students has made an attempt in the past twelve months.

  • The suicide attempt rate has increased most dramatically for 10 to 14 year-olds.

  • Of school psychologists surveyed, 86 percent have counseled a student who has threatened or attempted suicide.

  • Of those psychologists, 62 percent have had a student make a nonfatal attempt at school.

  • Of those psychologists, 35 percent have had a student in their school die by suicide, and more than half of them reported more than one death.

  • And then consider that suicide is the second leading cause of death among Hoosier teens.


Contact Chaucie's Place to learn more about Lifelines at 317-759-8008.


Participating School Districts:

Hamilton Heights Schools

  Sheridan Community Schools


  Westfield Washington Schools