• September is Suicide Prevention Month

    Suicide Prevention Month: A Time for Connection  

    During this time of the year, we focus on the collective role we all play in suicide prevention. As school-based mental health providers, we can take this opportunity to highlight the significance of suicide and the importance of reducing the stigma of reaching out for help, knowing how to talk to others about suicidal thoughts, and understanding what resources are available for those in need.

     

    RESOURCES THAT SUPPORT SUICIDE PREVENTION IN SCHOOLS

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    Parents and school staff can approach suicide prevention in the same way they do any other safety or health issue for children. One of the most impactful prevention strategies school staff can do is to educate caregivers on what puts kids at greatest risk for suicide and what protects them most strongly.

     

    SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND SCHOOL STAFF

    Parents and school staff can approach suicide prevention in the same way they do any other safety or health issue for children. One of the most impactful prevention strategies school staff can do is to educate caregivers on what puts kids at greatest risk for suicide and what protects them most strongly.

     

    HELP SPREAD THE WORD RESOURCES

    988 Logo with Connection (hands connecting over phone)  

    #BeThe1To is the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond, which helps spread the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide.

    Help spread the word about 988. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has added downloadable print files for wallet cards, magnets, and posters to its 988 Partner Toolkit.

    The toolkit already includes logo and brand guidelines, key messages, frequently asked questions, fact sheets (English and Spanish), radio PSA scripts (English and Spanish), and more. The 988 print materials are available for ordering from the SAMHSA store and social media shareables about the basics of 988 are now available.

    The I Won’t be Silent Campaign is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators, and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.

    "A Friend Asks" is a free smartphone app that helps provide the information, tools, and resources to help someone struggling with thoughts of suicide.

    Seize the Awkward helps provide young people with the inspiration and resources they need to help them reach out to their friends and start conversations about mental health.

    Suicide Prevention Public Service Announcements (from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice)


    SUICIDE PREVENTION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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    Suicide Prevention Videos for School Staff

    Video Trainings for Suicide Risk Assessment Teams or School-Based Mental Health Providers (SBMH)

    Elementary: Sources of Strength Training

    September 25-26, 2023

    Spring Creek Community Center

    181 Clubhouse Way, Zion Crossroads, Virginia 22942

    This free, two-day training class is being sponsored by the Conner Strong Foundation (CSF) works to bring awareness to mental health issues and suicide prevention. The foundation is interested in identifying 25 total elementary schools that might be interested in implementing the Sources of Strength (priority will be given to rural elementary schools). For more information about Sources of Strength please visit the CSF webpage. If interested in attending the two-day training class, please contact Tom Worosz via phone 434-326-3538. (Registration closes on September 13, 2023). 

    2022 Youth Suicide Prevention Panel Recording

    The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) within the Office of Child and Family Services decided to shine a spotlight on youth suicide prevention during Children’s Mental Health Awareness month in May 2022. The panel discussion provides an overview of the landscape of youth suicide nationally and in Virginia, as well as strategies for suicide prevention in youth and young adults.