Suicide Prevention

Suicide is Preventable

Most suicides occur due to some form of mental condition, such as depression or a substance abuse disorder. These conditions are treatable and suicide is preventable.

Know the Signs, and Get Help

Talk About It
Talking about suicide does not increase the risk.

  • Ask directly - "Are you thinking about killing yourself?"
  • Listen to the problem and give them your full attention.
  • Communicate, I care about you and want to get you help.

Recommended Actions
Stay with the person
Call 911 or a Crisis Hotline
Connect with your Physician and School Mental Health staff

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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide is Preventable - Here's How to Help

Many people may not realize that suicide is the second leading cause of death for middle and high school-aged students, as reported by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This is surpassed only by “unintentional injury.” Suicide is preventable, though. Four out of five teens who attempted to end their lives have given clear warning signs or “invitations” to those around them to engage. That means that in 80 percent of cases, we have an opportunity to intervene and save a young person’s life. Read more

Sources of StrengthSuicide Prevention in Our Schools

A fairly new partnership between DCSD’s Prevention & School Culture team and Douglas County Teen Court coordinators is providing a new path for youth offenders, and Sources of Strength— now present in most DCSD high schools and some middle schools— is establishing a healthy culture and climate with the goal of catching youth long before they fall into unhealthy behaviors or consider taking their own lives. Read more

SmartphoneThe Role of Social Media

Two teens in neighboring school districts recently took their own lives. Both boys posted on social media just before their deaths, panicking friends who tried to help but could not save them. Read more

Community Crisis ConnectionWhat Happens When You Call for Help?

One of the concerns that prevents individuals from speaking up when they are having suicidal thoughts is the fear of what happens next. The mystery of how that plays out can be scary. Read more

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