Deer Lakes

School District

Suicide Prevention & Awareness

Suicide Awareness & Prevention Education

Act 71 was signed into law in Pennsylvania on June 26, 2014.


This law, which added to the PA School Code, specifically requires school entities to: (1) adopt a youth suicide awareness and prevention (see DLSD's policy); and (2) provide ongoing professional development in youth suicide awareness and prevention for professional educators in building serving students in grades 6-12. Additionally, Section 1526 specifically permits school entities to incorporate curriculum on this topic into their instructional programs pursuant to their youth suicide awareness and prevention polices.

The Deer Lakes School District provides training to the district personnel in compliance with Act 71. In addition to the current district mental health programming, starting in February 2021, the Deer Lakes High School began implementing the Signs of Suicide (SoS) Program.

The following information are resources from the SoS Program and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  

Parent Information on Signs of Suicide Program

COMING SOON: Letter to Parents and Referral Link

As the district implements SoS, the principal's letter to high school parents will be uploaded on this webpage.  The form that students and others can use to request to talk to a school staff member will also be shared.

Crisis Resources

If you or someone you know is in crisis NOW immediately:
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Text HOME to 741741 at any time from anywhere in the U.S. to reach the confidential Crisis Text Line to speak to a Crisis Counselor.  

Call the local Resolve Crisis Center at 1-888-796-8226.

Additional Resources