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September 4, 2015

Good Morning!

My name is Deb Harrison and I am the clinician here at Black River Middle and High School. I just wanted to introduce myself and share with you that Sept 8-11 is Suicide Prevention Awareness week. I have included an excellent video on teen suicidality, and most important, what to do if you suspect your child is struggling with depression, or considering suicide.


As the school year starts, we know that this can be a time of stress and anxiety for many kids. Major changes in schedules, peers, season, all can contribute to feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. Unfortunately we also know that some people, especially young people, consider suicide as a way to manage. One proven way to decrease suicide in our community is to increase awareness of this issue and to know the warning signs. A few of these signs are:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Giving away possessions
                                                                                       *Warning signs from
    www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

As a way to increase awareness here at school, tomorrow I will be asking all students to add the National Suicide Hotline number into their phones. We know that hotline numbers help many who are in need of immediate support, and this is a great way for students to have the number if ever they need it for themselves, their friends, or their families. I would recommend you add this to your phone as well; it is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

YOU DO NOT NEED TO DEAL WITH THIS ALONE! We know that the more we talk to others, share with others, connect with others, this prevents suicide. IF YOU ARE CONCERNED about your student being at risk, PLEASE call me at 802-228-3505, or call the local crisis team at 1-800-622-4235. I can provide you with information, resources, education, or support. No concern is too minor. Again, we know increased awareness works to prevent teen suicide. Please talk about this with your children; let them know I will be giving them the number tomorrow, and that I am a resource if they are worried about themselves or a friend being at risk.

Thank you for your time!

Deb

Additional Resources:

·         Crisischat.org

·         thetrevorproject.org or  866-488-7386 suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth

·         YellowRibbon.org - For the prevention of teen suicide

·         www.suicidology.org

·         www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

·         www.afsp.org


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