The Gatekeeper Program
The Gatekeeper Program is a program that reaches out to middle school and high school students and teaches them suicide prevention skills and immediately connects at-risk youth to lifesaving services and professional help. The program was established in 1988 and in 2007 was added to the Best Practices Registry (BPR). The curriculum adheres to current standers in the field of suicide prevention as determined by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The curriculum is presented annually to approximately 4,000 students in the 7th and 9th grade.
The program teaches students how to:
- Identify the warning signs of suicide
- Talk to their friends who are thinking about suicide
- Connect their friends to professional help and lifesaving services
In addition, the students are able to connect with our Youth Suicide Prevention Training Specialists and communicate on several levels facilitating the helping and lifesaving process even further. The Gatekeeper Program connects students with our other internal services such as our 381-HELP crisis hotline, our 2-1-1 information and referral hotline, and our peer mediation and restorative justice program for students who are experiencing conflict or bullying.
For information about how to have the Gatekeeper Program implemented in your school, arrange a parent education session, or become a Youth Suicide Prevention Training Specialist, contact the School Programs Coordinator, at 381-1510, or contact us here.
Peer Mediation Program
The Peer Mediation and Restorative Justice Program teaches and empowers elementary, middle, and high school students to resolve conflicts with one another in an effective, safe, and respectful manner under the supervision of our Youth Conflict Resolution Specialists. Students collaborate to come up with a documented written agreement, which is then followed-up on to determine compliance and effectiveness to prevent future conflict. The program helps to reduce violence, truancy, detention/suspension/expulsion rates, and bullying. In 2005 the Peer Mediation and Restorative Justice program was established and is continuing to expand to reach more students.
The program teaches students skills that will last a lifetime:
- Communication skills
- Problem solving skills
- Pro-social skills
For more information about how to have the Peer Mediation and Restorative Justice Program implemented in your school or to become a Youth Conflict Resolution Specialist, contact the School Programs Coordinator, at 381-1510, or contact us here.
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) School Specialists
Tragic events hit particularly hard when they occur in our schools. When such events do happen, Gryphon Place dispatches and coordinates trained volunteers that make up our Critical incident Stress Management (CISM) School Management Teams. Teams quickly respond to students and staff who have been impacted by a traumatic event, helping them to process their reactions and educating them on stress symptoms. We have helped people beyond the school confines as well after a traumatic event, including parents, hospital staff, neighborhoods, police and fire departments.
Our staff and volunteers have been trained using the nationally recognized Mitchell Model. We know that when persons using this model are given the opportunity to voluntarily discuss reactions to a traumatic occurrence and are given information on coping with stress reaction, they more quickly return to normal functioning.