September is Suicide Awareness Prevention Month- a time to raise awareness and discuss the highly stigmatized topic. In addition to shifting public perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. Our goal is ensuring that families, students, and staff have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.
Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. Please, click and share the information provided about the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, Warning Signs of Suicide, and Talking about Mental Health.
For more information on suicide prevention or mental health awareness and resources, please contact your school, or the district's Mental Health Services Coordinator, Holli Griggs, at 334.793.1397 ext 236265.