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Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month 

We are encouraging our students to be mindful by being fully present, aware of where they are and what they are doing, and not overly react or become overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. According to Youth.gov, sucide is the second leading cause of death among youth age 15-24. Approximately one out of every 15 high school students report attempting sucide each year. We can all play a role in preventing suicide and supporting our youth.

 Here are some FAQ’s that will help you start the conversation with your student

What can I do to protect my teen or tween from suicide risk?

As a parent, you can teach and model healthy habits for mental health just as you would with physical health. Check in with your child regularly, beyond just day-to-day tasks such as homework. 

How can I talk to my teen about mental health and suicide?

Don’t be afriad to have a conversation with your child about menatal health and suicide. Ask your child how they’re doing, what’s happening in their world these days, and what their concerns are. Listen intently and without judgement. Validate and support their feelings.

What if they don’t want to talk?

If your child isn't ready to talk, leave the invitation open for laterby saying “Whenever you want to talk, I’m here to listen and support you.” The likelihood is that your child will open up when you least expect it. When your teen starts to open up, be careful not to fall into the trap of jumping in with a solution or by saying, “You should..” or Why didn’t you..”

Warning Signs

Not everyone exhibits the same signs that they’re thinking about suicide, but these warning signs are cause for concern:

  • Physical changes in appearance or hygiene
  • Sudden drop in grades
  • Social withdrawal
  • Talking about suicide or preoccupation with death
  • Risky or reckless behaviors 
  • Self-harm behaviors such as cutting
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having nothing to live for
  • Researching suicide methods and/or acquiring weapons

If you have any concerns about a young person’s mental health, take action. 

We encourage our families to follow these self-care tips and take the steps to living a healthy and happy life.  

Suicide Prevention Flyer

For more youth resources please visit:

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/youth/ 

Resources in Spanish: https://www.sanamente.org/

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.