SUICIDE IS PREVENTABLE
Youth suicide is a serious problem. It is the second leading cause of death among school aged youth. Certain characteristics are associated with increased risk of suicide, and most suicidal youth demonstrate behaviors that signal suicidal thinking. These are the warning signs. However, suicide is preventable. It is important to pay attention to warning signs of distress. It is equally important to create protective factors in the lives of young people.
Protective factors are things that help build resiliency in youth and can include positive school climate, positive relationships with trusted adults, family and community connectedness and healthy problem solving skills amongst others. Norfolk Public Schools provides suicide prevention resources to students and families within district. Staff are trained to refer students to school counselors, psychological services or outside mental health counselors, if a student threatens suicide. There are several outside services and resources available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you, or your student needs help, there is help available!
In an emergency call 911.
Teens (SPTS) General information about teen suicide from the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
American Association of Suicidology Article discusses students with developmental disability and suicide
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Provides tips to teens to help prevent suicide.