September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a period in which mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, and community members unite to share resources and stories to open up on this heavily stigmatized topic. It is important to remember that suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, no matter their age, gender, or background.
NetSupport DNA contains a range of safeguarding tools that can help teachers spot students who are struggling with this issue, amongst others. It includes a Safeguarding module with over 12,000 words and phrases (compiled with the internet protection organizations and school counselors), covering topics from self-harm, bullying, and drugs, through to risks of radicalization – along with a contextual intelligence-based Risk Index. To identify risks as and when they occur, a keyword and phrase monitoring system operates, which records user activity around the time of the trigger.
Further to these, NetSupport DNA provides the abilities for students to ‘Report a concern’ from the school’s devices or website and access a self-service list of external resources for support. For more information on NetSupport DNA and its eSafety functionalities, click here.