Suicide is preventable, and many resources exist across the state to help those in need – as long as people know where to find them.
Teachers and administrators spend more hours in a day with our children than parents do, and parents naturally look to schools for answers and solutions when there is a suicide in middle and high school communities or when they fear for the safety of their own child.
This phenomenon presents an incredible and simple opportunity for school districts to offer information about suicide prevention resources and tools and to teach families about warning signs, behavioral health options and reducing access for kids to lethal means.
But schools need your help!
Schools need help from community members to develop helpful lists of resources and assist school districts in getting resources posted to their websites. Jordan School District offers a terrific model for the kind of easily accessible resource list that every school district in the state could provide for their school communities. Your school district can become a model district for suicide prevention resources too!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Volunteer to bring suicide prevention resources to your school district in order to help students and families get the services they need. Action Utah has made it easy to connect with school representatives using our simple action kit, including a sample list of valuable resources your school can use to create a resource webpage. Contact AU Policy Coordinator Angie Cook to get the action kit and learn how to start talking with your school district about providing this valuable service to your community today!