We can ALL prevent suicide
According to the National Association of School Psychologists, suicide is the second leading cause of death among school age youth. However, suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress. Parents, teachers, and friends are in a key position to pick up on these signs and get help. Most important is to never take these warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret. When all adults and students in a school community are committed to making suicide prevention a priority - and are empowered to take the correct actions - we can help youth before they engage in behavior with irreversible consequences.
Did you know...?
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24.
- More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
- Each day in our nation, there is an average of over 5,240 attempts by young people grades 7-12.
- Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.
The Willamette Education Service District, in partnership with Lines for Life and local mental health agencies, provides support to 21 school districts in the Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. As part of our suicide prevention program we:
- have partnered with Oregon Youthline - a peer to peer support and crisis line - managed by Lines for Life, a nonprofit organization that helps prevent substance abuse and suicide.
- offer free "gatekeeper" training such as QPR (Question, Refer, Persuade) - a 2 hour educational program on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices designed to teach the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond.
- coordinate additional suicide prevention workshops such as ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) - a two-day training for those who want to learn a more in-depth approach.
- provide updated protocols, procedures and forms - such as a School Based Suicide Resource Guide, Suicide Risk Assessment - Level 1 (English and Spanish), and a Safety Plan (English and Spanish) with local and national crisis line phone numbers.
For more information on the Willamette Education Service District's efforts in Suicide Prevention, please contact Kristilyn Woolner at firstname.lastname@example.org.