2.6 Partnerships


The sixth P stands for Partnerships. Partnerships are both internal and external. Administrators, staff, and students should know their roles in preventing and intervening in suicidal crisis. Members of the school community should also know who to contact if they are in need of support. Connections should be made with outside resources during the planning stages for suicide prevention. Outside partnerships may include first responders, mental health professionals, and media. In addition, it may also be helpful to reach out to your Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA), which is in place to provide mental health services to specific geographic regions within the state. Each LMHA has a designated suicide prevention coordinator. Memorandums of understanding, also known as MOUs, may need to be established to solidify outside partnerships with various community partners. Having a diverse range of partners will make it easier to serve student and staff needs throughout the suicide prevention process.

    Facilitated Discussion Instructions
  1. Review and access the recommended and additional resources for this section (listed below).
  2. Complete the section Worksheet:

Worksheet 6: Partnerships

Recommended Resources for Discussing ‘Partnerships’

The following set of worksheets entitled, “Crafting an Effective Communication Strategy for Your Partnership”, assist with developing and/or improving communication with outside partners.
Effective Communication

The following chart can be used to identify key internal and external stakeholders for major tasks in prevention planning.
Involve Key Stakeholders

In “Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools”, 1.B & 1.C are charts that suggest school staff and community partners to have. This can help to track those internal and external partnerships for K-12 settings.
A Toolkit for High Schools

    Additional Resources to Help with ‘Partnerships’

  • “Assessing Partnership Readiness” is a useful worksheet for districts or schools at the beginning stages of forming partnerships with outside organizations.
    Partnership Readiness Worksheet
  • “Clarify Stakeholders’ Interests and Goals” is a resource containing questions to ask potential partners to find out their opinions, interests, and goals related to your efforts.
    Clarify Interests and Goals
  • The following assists in evaluating readiness for partnerships.
    Collaboration Readiness Checklist
  • “Creating a Partnership Memorandum of Understanding” provides a checklist listing what components should be included in an effective MOU.
    Memorandum of Understanding
  • The “Determine Goals with Stakeholder Input” chart can assist with identifying relevant stakeholders and capturing their input. May be beneficial to use in planning meetings and/or meetings with community partners.
    Determine Goals
  • “Engage Partners Consistently and Creatively” is a chart that keeps partners engaged and helps sustainable of relationships.
    Engage Partners
  • “Reach Out to Untapped Partners” assists with brainstorming potential partners that you may have not originally considered. Use for expanding partnerships and/or have components in prevention that need to be satisfied with outside assistance.
    Reach Out
  • “School Crisis Teams Roles/Responsibilities” lists recommended people to have on crisis teams and what responsibilities they should have.
  • The resource below contains a checklist to utilize when developing an MOU (memorandums of understanding). Also provided, is a link to sample MOU template.
    Develop and Sign an MOU
  • Click below to see a template for a partnership commitment letter.
    Partnership Commitment Letter
  • Appendix I, Tool 12 in the “Texas Suicide Safer Schools Implementation Guide and Tools” shows pathways to care and how in- and out- of-school partners contribute to care.
    TxSSS Implementation Guide - (Appendices)