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Teens For Life


As a comprehensive school-based suicide prevention program, Teens for Life aims to provide a “full circle of support” for youth who may be at risk for suicide, by providing education & awareness to youth, teachers, school mental health staff, and parents.  A school community knowledgeable about suicide prevention begins with each and every individual who is part of that community. 




To provide awareness and discussion of suicide in a safe environment. 



Youth Curriculum

Our classroom-based workshop for middle school and high school youth teach how to recognize when a friend is depressed and/or suicidal and connect them to appropriate help and support.   Our youth curriculum is listed in Section III of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center/American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention.  Link: http://tinyurl.com/TeensforLife-BPR-SectionIII


School Gatekeeper Training for School Staff


  •   Early Identification & Referral for Teachers
  •   Suicide Assessment & Intervention for School Mental Health Counselors
  •   School Suicide Aftermath: Crisis Response
  •   Non-Suicidal Self-Injury & Adolescents


School Gatekeeper Training for Parents

  •   Fostering Mental Health Wellness: How to Support your Teen
  •   Bullying, Cyber-bullying and our Teens
  •   The Up-stream Approach to Mental Health Wellness



teensforlife.gif Whom We Serve

Alameda County public/private schools




To learn more about all of our available workshops please contact:

Mercedes Coleman

Program Director

(510) 420 - 2473




·      www.sptsnj.org  (Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide)

·      www.cde.ca.gov/ls/cg/mh/suicideprevres.asp ( Youth Suicide Prevention Mental Health (CA Dept. of Education)

·      http://www.save.org/   (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)

·      http://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/customized/teens.asp (for teens)

·      http://nahic.ucsf.edu/   (National Adolescent Health Information Center)

·      http://aacap.org/page.ww?name=Teen+Suicide&section=Facts+for+Families  (Teen Suicide, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) 


Yes, we are seeking volunteers at this time.

Yes, we are seeking volunteers at this time for Teens For Life: Youth Curriculum only.

Teens for Life Presenter: The Role

To provide a 1- hour classroom based suicide prevention and awareness curriculum to youth.   Through our presence in a classroom, not only do we combat the stigma of silence but we open up the opportunity for students to approach a speaker and reach out for help. Among the outcomes of our Teens for Life program is that it opens up opportunities for hope that suicidal feelings are not permanent and that there is help.


  • Must successfully complete the required crisis line training program
  • Must have successfully completed the 16 weeks of one-on-one crisis line training with a trainer
  • Must have a car or be proficient in utilizing public transportation to anywhere in Alameda County


  • Observe a trained speaker in at-least 4 classroom settings
  • Be observed and evaluated in at-least 4 classroom settings


  • Two school semesters
  • 4-6 presentations per month


Mercedes Coleman at mercedescoleman@crisissupport.org  

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