Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, an event organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in association with the World Health Organisation (WHO). The main ambition is for everyone to come together and create a world where fewer people die from this heavily stigmatised cause. Activities and ways to get involved often include educational and commemorative events, as well as press briefings, conferences and social media coverage.

To do our part in the prevention of suicide, our IT asset management solution, NetSupport DNA, contains a range of safeguarding tools that can help teachers spot students who are struggling with suicidal thoughts, amongst other mental health issues. The purpose-built Safeguarding module contains over 12,000 words and phrases (compiled with internet protection organisations and safeguarding professionals), covering topics from self-harm, bullying and drugs, through to risks of radicalisation.

To identify dangers as and when they occur, DNA’s contextual intelligence-based Risk Index automatically flags high-risk events and vulnerable students, assessing the context and history of the student’s activities to indicate their level of risk at the current moment in time.

Further to these, NetSupport DNA provides the ability 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.