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Mental Health

 

MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCIES

 

Students, if you are experiencing a mental health crisis or are concerned about a friend, please seek assistance from me right away. I am here to help!  

 

Parents, if you have a concern about your student or another during school hours, please contact me immediately. If I am unavailable, please ask to speak with Mr. Bailey. If your child is experiencing a mental health crisis at home, it is very important that they are seen by a mental health provider as soon as possible. If your student is in immediate danger, CALL 911. In any scenario, please contact me so that we can develop a plan of support.

 

Get Involved, Get Them Help

 

Suicide is one of the leading causes of preventable death in our nation today. We lose an average of more than 113 young people each week to this tragedy that can be prevented.

Remember: Never be reluctant to get involved and always take any child/adolescent’s desire or intent to harm themselves seriously. If you suspect a young person of suicidal ideation, get them to professional help immediately. Suicide is Preventable. 

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (Available 24/7 )

You can get more resources about suicide at The Jason Foundation.

Warning Signs

Four out of five teens who attempt suicide give clear warning signs.

Warning Signs of suicidal ideation include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Talking about suicide
  • Making statements about feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • A deepening depression
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Taking unnecessary risks or exhibiting self-destructive behavior
  • Out of character behavior
  • A loss of interest in the things one cares about
  • Visiting or calling people one cares about
  • Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order
  • Giving prized possessions away

Along with these warning signs, there are certain Risk Factors that can elevate the possibility of suicidal ideation.

  • Perfectionist personalities
  • Gay and Lesbian youth
  • Learning disabled youth
  • Loners
  • Youth with low self- esteem
  • Depressed youth
  • Students in serious trouble
  • Abused, Molested or Neglected Youth
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Parental history of violence, substance abuse, or divorce
  • Parents, if you observe any of the common warning signs of suicide or depression in your child, it is healthy to calmly express your feelings and concerns. The school counselor is available to assist and help with finding support for you and your child.

If you have concerns about a friend, please talk to your school counselor or a trusted adult immediately.

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