The threat of school violence is real.
In 2022, U.S. schools experienced 51 mass shootings, more than any of the previous four years. The impact on these communities is devastating and has changed lives forever.
Each time it happens, the impact extends to every other school community in the country, where educators and families fear it can happen to them. The fact is, no community is immune to the risk of school violence.
Thrive’s guide to Mental Health and School Violence draws on lessons learned from past school shootings to share warning signs and intervention tactics that can help save lives.
Thrive’s Mental Health and School Violence Guide
There are proven tactics and intervention strategies that can help prevent a student who is struggling from hurting others or themselves. With an evidence-based plan in place, your school district will feel safer and be safer. Thrive’s downloadable guide includes:
Lessons we can learn from school shooting incidents. In the wake of a school shooting, experts try to understand why it occurred, what signs were missed, and how to help prevent future school violence. We share insights from multiple studies and how you can apply them.
Warning signs of violence risk. To help you identify students who may be at risk of hurting others or themselves, we provide an extensive list of red flags that you can share throughout your school community.
Biases that can impair our judgment. Learn about biases and assumptions that could impair your ability to recognize red flags and react urgently and decisively.
How to intervene effectively. When you observe warning signs, learn the right ways to intervene to help keep everyone safe, including when to involve parents and law enforcement.
A proactive approach to preventing violence. Learn how you can create a positive school climate and culture, a strategy that helps prevent school violence, boosts student achievement, and has many other benefits for the school community.
Get On-Site Help From Thrive Clinicians
Thrive can help by placing clinical specialists in your school who are trained to recognize the signs of someone at risk for committing violence and can teach your team to recognize them. Our experts know how to conduct risk assessments and how to work with struggling students and families to get them the help they need before a tragedy occurs.