Suicide does not discriminate. It can affect everyone despite their gender, age or ethnicity – including your students. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Monday, September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day– both are all about helping communities understand suicide, remove the stigma related to suicide and mental health, and provide those in need with the resources and support they need to overcome their struggles.
To help you raise awareness with your staff and students this September, we compiled a list of resources.
- The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) wants you to Know the Warning Signs of Suicide. AAS also launched a campaign called #AAS365 stressing the importance of focusing on suicide prevention every day. Follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook for more information. AAS is also hosting local events across the country.
- A Spectrum article titled “The hidden danger of suicide in autism” details how suicidal individuals with autism may not show obvious signs of distress and how scientists are identifying risks and solutions unique to support these individuals.
- AAS also created a guide for properly referencing suicide to avoid alienating members of the community or inadvertently contributing to suicide being presented as glamorous or an option for dealing with problems.
- The PublicSchoolWORKS Student Safety Reporting System manages the notification, tracking, resolution and documentation of student and parent reports on safety issues, including intent to commit suicide or other safety concerns. Students and parents can report safety concerns via phone or online. Once submitted, PublicSchoolWORKS reviews the report and in the case of an urgent situation, a call tree is activated for immediate contact of district employees via cell phones. This ensures that students in danger do not slip through the cracks.
- The Jason Foundation, which helped create the Jason Flatt Act that mandates that educators in 20 states be trained on suicide prevention, is creating an Informational Packet for use during September’s National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The packet will be available for download here soon.