Suicide Prevention: Getting Your Students the Care They Need

September 30th, 2021  |  12pm CT

Lightspeed Safety Specialists

"Keeping your students safe is our only job." - Jason Veselka, Lightspeed Safety Specialist

Who Are Lightspeed Safety Specialists?

Our global team of Lightspeed Safety Specialists works seamlessly with our patented AI to detect early warning signs of sentiment and intent of violence, self-harm, and suicide. This human review team are in-house, on premise, and available 24/7/365 to ensure the safety of your students and staff.

With backgrounds in education, law enforcement, investigation, Secret Service training, and mental health, our safety specialists are fully vetted and receive further training by both threat assessment and suicide prevention experts. 

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Safety Specialist Team Stories

Lightspeed Safety Specialist

Rick Salter

  • Currently lives in Basildon — a town in Essex located in the UK 
  • Experience with high security, sensitive information and protecting personal and business data 
  • Suicide prevention trained through American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) 
  • CSAM trained through Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) 
  • “Personally, I believe every school in the world should have Alert. It really is a beneficial product for student safety and decreases self-harm, suicides, cyberbullying and violent behavior” 
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Ariana Marks

  • Born and raised in Austin, Texas
  • Former teacher with a degree in Psychology and Mental Health
  • Suicide prevention trained through American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  • CSAM trained through Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)
  • “I feel like I’m making a big impact on kids’ lives. What if that school didn’t have Alert or Safety Specialists? It’s scary to think about the worst-case scenario.”

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Jacob Troost

  • Grew up in New York and currently located in Austin, Texas
  • Former teacher with experience in Social Emotional Learning and Risk Management
  • Suicide prevention trained through American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  • CSAM trained through Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)
  • “As Safety Specialists we’re trained to pick up on certain behaviors and trends in order to take profound and quick action. It’s a humbling experience.”
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Michael Graham

  • Grew up in Bakersfield, CA and currently located in Northern California
  • 21 years of experience in law enforcement: D.A.R.E. program leader, detective sergeant, and crisis negotiator.
  • Suicide prevention trained through American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  • CSAM trained through Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)
  • “[Lightspeed] Alert is an incredible safety tool. I wish this software was around years ago when I was in law enforcement.”

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Jason Veselka

  • Grew up in Austin and currently located in Dallas, Texas
  • 25 years of experience in law enforcement: Detective, Special Deputy U.S. Marshals, FBI Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force officer
  • Certified trainer for suicide prevention through American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  • CSAM trained through Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)
  • “I know that our work impacts not only the lives of students, but also the families and the communities that they live in. I believe we are saving and changing lives.”
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Shelley McCullough

  • Currently lives in Tehama County, California
  • Former Deputy Sheriff for 19 years, Domestic Violence advocate for a local non-profit, and served on the Tehama County Mental Health Board
  • Suicide prevention trained through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  • CSAM trained through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)
  • “I recommended Lightspeed to any district. The benefits of having someone monitor what these children are saying and searching on their computers is remarkable if we can save any of these children from doing something awful—we need to.”

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Prevent Suicide and Violence

Unlike our competitors’ online safety solutions, Lightspeed Alert™ is designed to detect early warning signs of threats by combining comprehensive AI technology and human review monitoring to prevent suicide, cyberbullying, self-harm, and on-campus violence.

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