Suicide Prevention

  • Youth suicide is a serious problem and a leading cause of death among school age children. In 2015, approximately 18% of 9th-12th graders considered suicide, with 9% making an attempt in the past.

    Some risk factors and warning signs in youth and adolescents include:

    • Mental health difficulties including depression, conduct disorders, and substance abuse
    • Situational crises (bullying, harrassment, death of a loved one, physical or sexual abuse, suicide of a peer)
    • Preoccupation with death
    • Non-suicidal self injury
    • Marked changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts, and/or feelings
    • Making final arrangements (such as giving away prized possessions)

    Schools can play an important role in helping your child if they are struggling with suicidal ideation or attempts. We have trained mental health staff who can screen and assess students for suicidal ideation and work with you to identify treatment options.  

    If you become concerned about suicidal ideation and your child is not currently in school, call 911, the National Suicide Prevention Helpline (1-800-273-8255), or visit this page to find resources and crisis line numbers.  

    More Resources for Suicide Prevention:

    Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents and Educators

    Save a Friend: Tips for Teens

National Suicide Prevention Helpline