Hillsborough Schools officials receive teen suicide prevention training

TAMPA, Fla. —Hillsborough County schools officials are undergoing training this week to help prevent teen suicide.

Three hundred principals from elementary, middle and high schools are going through the training put on by Hailey’s Voice of Hope, a local suicide prevention and awareness non-profit.​

What You Need To Know

    • Hillsborough County schools officials undergoing training to prevent teen suicide
    • Elementary, middle and high school principals receiving training at Hailey’s Voice of Hope
    • NSU’s Dr. Scott Poland leading the training of warning signs of teen suicide, prevention and mental health awareness

Guest speaker Dr. Scott Poland from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale is training principals on warning signs of teen suicide, prevention and mental health awareness.

Police said the problem with teen suicide is amplified by social media and cell phones and the more administrators know about the warning signs, the more teens can be helped before it’s too late.​

“Most youth suicides can be prevented,” Poland said. “And what’s really holding us back is lack of training on suicide warning signs, or we are afraid to bring up the subject.”

The teen suicide prevention training began Thursday and runs all day today.

Hailey’s voice of hope says it hopes the training of principals this week will trickle down to classroom teachers.