According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suicide is among the top three causes for death in persons age 12-19 in the United States. You can find more information here:
One of our missions is to make sure each student is safe both physically and emotionally on our campus. As the counselor I provided a required training on self-harm and suicide to our staff each year. Students in 7th and 8th grade are provided with suicide and self- harm awareness and prevention focused on signs, coping skills, and the important reminder: “If you see something, say something” as required by law. You can find more information here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/cg/mh/suicideprevres.asp
If a student in good faith notifies an adult that another student is self-harming or having suicidal thoughts or if a student discloses, they are self-harming or having suicidal thoughts. I take such reports and disclosure seriously. An initial assessment of the student is conducted to determine their risk level and, if needed, additional trained personal may be called to determine lethality. Parent’s are notified any time there is a suicide assessment conducted.
Please take any calls from the school about this matter seriously. We do not believe that students underlining cause for these thoughts or behaviors are linked to attention seeking nor do we believe they are a “phase” a student is going through. Though the initial call may bring a mixture of shock and emotions, please try to maintain composure. Please do not believe that any of our staff will believe student’s behaviors are a reflection on you. That is not our place nor our purpose. Our place and purpose are to make sure your student has access to the care and counseling they need to overcome life’s difficulties. School Based Mental Health is another option provided through our community partners.
If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to make an appointment to talk to me about this matter. Please find my contact information on the Counselor’s Corner page or fill out the form on the request a counselor parent meeting page.