Wall Township Public Schools believes that learners’ positive behavioral health and wellness are essential to flourish in academic and social pursuits. In our fast-paced world, behavioral health and wellness are often challenged by stressful situations and emotions that may be difficult to understand and manage without the support of trusted adults. To best support our learners as they navigate life’s circumstances, WTPS implements The Lifelines Trilogy; a whole school comprehensive suicide prevention program.
The Lifelines Trilogy consists of three components; Lifelines Prevention, Lifelines Intervention, and Lifelines Postvention. Each component is targeted to address a different need within our community. For example, Lifelines Intervention reviews procedures in identifying, assessing, and referring those at risk, along with implementing whole-school protective factors to establish positive self-images. Lifelines Postvention discusses methods and techniques to ensure sensitivity and safety when dealing with a crisis that impacts the community. Finally, Lifelines Prevention is a student-centered curriculum offered to specific grades through the Health program. It is designed to be delivered in the classroom to learners in grades 5, 7, 9, and 11. It reinforces messages about help-seeking from trusted adults including parents, teachers, administrators, etc. It also teaches basic information about potential warning signs for suicide, with an emphasis on what to do if one is worried about either him/herself or a friend. Lifelines Prevention goes beyond the classroom to also meet the needs of the school’s staff. Training and resources are provided by the Director of Intervention Programs and Student Wellness to teachers, administrative assistants, administrators, and other support staff.
For additional information or questions, please contact Ms. Tiffany Steiner, Director of Intervention Services & Student Wellness: [email protected].