Throughout the last several years, we have experienced the effects of student suicide on our school community, as well as our extended community. The discussion regarding suicide prevention, mental health, and social/emotional learning is a national topic and one that our Student Services Division discusses continuously.
To that end, the National Alliance on Mental Illness has identified September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month to help promote awareness and recognition around the issues of suicide prevention and how to have appropriate and meaningful dialogue regarding the topic of mental health.
For the entire month of September, the Student Services Division will partner with students from SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Promise Club to plan activities in recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
A few of the activities and educational efforts include:
* A link to (SOS) Signs of Suicide Gatekeeper's training for teachers to review and refresh any previous training they received.
* An introduction to or refresher information on the (SOS) Signs of Suicide and ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) programs for students.
* A variety of communication efforts - flyers, posters, ribbons, announcements - all aimed at bringing awareness to students and teachers regarding suicide prevention.
* Be a LIFE SAVER Day - SAVE students and LT Administrators will greet students with Life Saver candies and a brief handout on suicide warning signs. Staff and students are encouraged to wear purple.