Suicide Prevention Month
September 9 2020
This week’s Tip is bringing awareness to a serious topic: Suicide Prevention. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and according to The Center for Disease Control(CDC), mental health issues and suicidal ideation have increased since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This Center for Disease Control and Prevention report states that16% of high school students reported considering ending their life in the previous year. Thirteen percent reported making a suicide plan and 8% said they attempted to carry out their plan. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals between 10-24 years.
With this in mind and the fact that most of your work with students will continue virtually this month, it is imperative that you pay close attention to the students you work with. Listen to their words and take action if something they say is concerning. You should also continue to follow your school’s protocol when it comes to reporting suicidal ideation by one of your students.
To read more about suicide prevention and how you might help support a student and their family after a suicide attempt check out this article by Clarity Child Guidance Center.
Please continue to take care of each other, and yourself!