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Ask for Help Training and Be A Link!®
Gatekeeper Training for Adults
working with children

Some elementary teachers, when learning of a suicidal death of a former student have asked “what could I have done, what should I have known, what could I have seen with this child in my class to have helped prevent this tragedy?”  This curriculum is part of the answer to these questions, as it develops the skills necessary to protect children if they become suicidal at some point in their life.

Yellow Ribbon’s Elementary Ask for Help® curriculum specializes in the ongoing development and reinforcement of the following protective factors in children and youth. Many of these protective factors will look very familiar, as they are synonymous with or identical to, student outcomes and support systems listed in 21st Century Skills. (  This curriculum follows the recognized safe messaging prevention practices.

To support the fidelity of this training program, follow the training sequence.

  1. Training for Educators and School staff.  (3 hour workshop, Parents can be invited)
    Section 1: Be A Link!®-E  Gatekeeper Training.  Appropriate for all school staff.
    Section 2: How to use the curriculum.
  2. Parent and Community seminars. (Optional)
  3. Student Training(s) Held throughout the school year (Follow-up session or homework as desired).  It is at the discretion of the school to allow parents to attend student sessions.  (Encouraged by Yellow Ribbon)
  4. Evaluation

Children’s Program

  • Goals for the Adults of this specialized training
    • Learn the statistics of suicide in this age group of children (K-5)
    • Learn warning signs, risk and protective factors relating to children (K-5)
    • Learn appropriate protocols for getting help for students in a safe and timely manner
    • Learn how to use the children’s curriculum, build on reinforcing protective factors and model connectedness as a strategic direction for the prevention of suicidal behavior.
  • By the end of the curriculum, students will
    • Understand what feelings are (definitions)
    • Understand, recognize and express their own feelings and those of others
    • Recognize what they need: the difference between needs and wants
    • Differentiate between tattling and telling
    • Know how to identify helps (trusted adults)
    • Know how to ask for help for themselves and for others

Elementary Training Toolbook Review

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