The LIGHT Post
Sponsored by the Garland ISD LIGHT Program
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH
In the U.S. a suicide is committed every 14 minutes and is the second leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24. Females attempt more than 3 times as often as males. Males die by suicide more than 4 times that of females. LGBTQ youth are often at a higher risk for suicide than their heterosexual peers.
BE FAMILIAR WITH WARNING SIGNS
8 out of 10 people who kill themselves give some sort of a warning or clue to others, even if it is something subtle. Watch for:
- Withdrawal from family and friends or changes in activities and friends
- Anger, irritability, or other mood changes
- Changes in sleep patterns or appetite
- Decline in school performance
- Outcries of suicide thoughts - verbally, in writing or artwork
- Substance abuse
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS
- Psychiatric or mental health conditions
- Substance abuse, including tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs
- Previous suicide attempts
- Victims of bullying, especially cyberbullying
- LGBTQ youth
- Family history of suicide
- Access to firearms
WHAT SHOULD AN EDUCATOR DO?
- When students say they feel this way, ALWAYS take them seriously.
- Dont' leave them alone or let them go anywhere alone.
- Contact a counselor, administrator or SRO immediately.
- If you think a student may be suicidal, ASK! Be safe, not sorry! If you feel uncomfortable talking with the student, contact a counselor, adminstator or SRO. They have been trained to handle these situations.
Suicide Crisis Center Hotline
Crisis Text Line
Text Hello to 741741
The Trevor Hotline
Prepared by Julie Coleman, LPC
Student Assistance Counselor
Garland ISD LIGHT Program