DOJ’s 24/7 school safety system can help prevent suicide
Courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Justice
WISCONSIN – Attorney General Josh Kaul is reminding schools and students that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of School Safety (OSS) has a new resource for those in the school community that fear someone may harm themselves or others.
“Our new, free 24/7 school safety tool is available to students who are afraid a friend might hurt themselves and for students considering harming themselves,” Kaul stated. “Parents, teachers, and others who are part of a school community can also use this tipline. With so many students attending school virtually and interacting with fewer trusted adults, Speak Up, Speak Out can be a critical additional resource to assist students in getting the help they need.”
Launched in early September, the SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT (SUSO) Resource Center is a comprehensive, one-stop place to turn with important school safety concerns, including mental health. It offers a 24/7 threat reporting system, threat assessment consultation, critical incident response, and general school safety guidance.
According to a survey of more than 1,000 principals nationwide that have a school safety tipline, 73% of principals said the tipline prevented incidents of self-harm or suicide.
Students, parents, school staff, or any community members can submit a school safety concern or threat via the SUSO website (www.speakup.widoj.gov/), mobile phone application, or toll-free number. Resource Center staff work around-the-clock to respond to tips and to deploy a response locally by communicating directly with school administrators, law enforcement, and counselors.
SUSO Reports can be made 24/7 online at www.speakup.widoj.gov, by calling 1-800-MY-SUSO-1 (1-800-697-8776 or on the SUSO mobile app.
Learn more about the SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT Resource Center at www.speakup.widoj.gov/, www.facebook.com/SpeakUpWI/, www.instagram.com/speakupwi/, or www.twitter.com/SpeakUpWI.
If your school or school district would like to see how SUSO can be a part of your school safety plan, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.