Suicide Prevention Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. We, at Franklin County Schools, are taking an active role in educating our faculty, students, parents and staff on the signs and symptoms of not only suicide but mental health conditions as well. Our youth are our most important asset and we are committed to recognizing and supporting Franklin County students and their mental health.
In an effort to increase awareness about suicide and other roles individuals paly in preventing such deaths, The World Health Organization (WHO) today launched a "40 seconds of action" campaign to reduce the stigma associated with suicide and to improve the knowledge of what can be done to prevent suicide. Join the campaign and spend 40 seconds discussing with your loved ones the warning signs along with healthy steps everyone can take if they are experiencing depression or thoughts of suicide.
Did you know…
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people aged 10-24, and 1 person dies every 40 seconds because of it. These deaths may be preventable with the right education and awareness.
It is important to be familiar with the warning signs of suicide:
- Talking or joking about suicide
- Making statements like. “I’d be better off dead”. “I wish I could disappear” or “there is no way out”
- Giving away prized possessions
- Saying goodbye to friends and family as if for the last time
- Writing stories or poems about death, dying or suicide
- Romanticizing death or dying (“if I died, people might love me more”)
- Engaging in reckless behavior or having a lot of accidents resulting in injury
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms do not be afraid to speak up. Be the one to help by taking these 5 steps: Ask. Keep them safe. Be there. Help them Connect. Follow up.
The following resources are available:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- 211 - dial 211 and be linked with the Big Bend helpline or 211bigbend.org
- 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
- 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) for hearing and speech impaired
If you need someone to talk to or have concerns about your school-aged child you may reach out to Kevin Haeusser (school psychologist), Karen Ward (school counselor K-7) or Melanie Copeland (school counselor 8-12).
Franklin County School Cares!