Suicide Education for Parents
The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions -- difficult for students and their parents. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil’ however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) does occur in some adolescents. Depression -- which is treatable -- is a leading risk factor for suicide. In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth.
To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness
To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression
To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend
To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns
To help students know whom in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it