The LIGHT Post

Sponsored by the Garland ISD LIGHT Program

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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
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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
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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.
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CRISIS NUMBERS



Suicide Crisis Center Hotline

1-800-273-TALK


Crisis Text Line

Text Hello to 741741


LGBTQ

The Trevor Hotline

1-866-488-7386

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Prepared by Julie Coleman, LPC

Student Assistance Counselor

Garland ISD LIGHT Program