Preventing Youth Suicide
"Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth between 10 and 19 years of age. However, suicide is preventable" (Preventing Youth Suicide).
The THIRD leading cause of death. This devastates me. The absolute most difficult part of my job is responding to a student or parent suicide. As a school psychologist, I am a member of the school crisis response team. This team is organized to respond immediately following a crisis situation within the community that impacts the student population.
In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, I wanted to share with you some phenomenal and hugely important resources. These resources can be found on the National Association of School Psychologist's website. If you are unfamiliar, the field of school psychology has a large emphasis in evidence-based practices. School Psychologists apply their knowledge in mental health, learning, and behavior to help children, youth, and adolescents succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotional. As stated here, "School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community." (Who Are School Psychologists)
NASP is a phenomenal resource for parents and educators alike. For a long list with of resources and well-phrased handouts for school personnel, educators, families, and youth, please click the photo below, because, "When all adults and students in the 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" (preventing youth suicide).
Also. I don't typically ask this, but could you please share this link through your various social media sites? Most people I encounter haven't even heard of school psychologists, so I imagine many aren't aware of the wealth of information the National Association of School Psychologists offers. Thank you!