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.
Did you know…
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people aged 10-24... Among most suicidal teens, depression or another mental health issue plays a primary role.
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), Sherry Ware (school counselor K-7) or Melanie Copeland (school counselor 8-12).
Franklin County School Cares!
Information from Youth Mental Health First Aid (2016) and You’re Not Alone (2018)