At the moment we are still bound by law that prevents us from openly discussing suicide in a school context and in the case where a student has illegedly committed suicide. The facilitator discussed how currently, until the coroner's report has been released school can not articulate a student's death as suicide.
There was also some discussion around professional learning for staff and learning opportunities for students in a school setting. However, this is difficult in terms of students given the law currently. One issue raised by a number of those present was the fact that young people have access to the internet which means they are able to easily access media related to suicide. My thoughts are that we are a bit late at coming to the party on the issue of suicide. Young people frequently and freely talk about suicide as well as specifically seeking our media that relates to suicide. For example, there are a large number of You Tube videos uploaded either by those intending to commit suicide or by those who have posted a video prior to a successful suicide attempt.
The openness around suicide is problematic given some researchers ideas that talking about suicide can promote the idea of suicide. But again students have had access to all types of suicide related media for years now so it begs the question "why as educational professional do we shy away from authentic conversations about suicide?"