CITY SCHOOLS OF DECATUR
District Crisis Coordinator Newsletter Karen Koonce
From the Crisis Coordinator:
Greetings City Schools of Decatur Community:
As the District Crisis Coordinator, I am here to support staff with issues and concerns
as it relates to crisis response and crisis prevention - simply: I'm here to help ensure that our students are safe!
As many of you know, I have shared that the GA General Assembly passed House Bill 198- also known as The Jason Flatt Act. It requires school personnel to receive annual suicide prevention education and training. The training is intended to help educators recognize the problem of youth suicide and understand how to help. To comply with this mandate, a web-based training module is provided for you to view. The link below will give you access to the training video and necessary instructions:
ALL STAFF are asked to complete this training by September 21, 2015.
the Suicide Awareness Training!! Please give them a hand when you see them. (Thanks to all of you who have also completed the training)
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!
You can make a difference and help fight the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide.
Below is a list of things that you can do to make a difference:
- Watch and listen to youth-- pay attention to sudden changes in behavior that cause you concern.
- Encourage other local service organizations, places of worship and community centers to become aware of the problem of youth suicide and its prevention opportunities.
- As a parent, talk openly and honestly with your child or your child’s friends about your concerns and be supportive in helping them cope with their feelings.
- For a crisis, reach out-- speak to school support staff, myself, call 911 or 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
- Educate yourself about the magnitude of the problem, the signs of concern and the tools of prevention (use the link below to access the online suicide awareness training for teachers) http://www.csdecatur.net/social-work/Suicide%20Awareness
WALK OF HEROes 5K
Have you ever wanted to be a superhero for a day? If you're interested in supporting a local cause, The 9th Annual Walk of HEROes 5K is Saturday, September 19, 2015. DeKalb Community Service Board is looking for heroes in the community to join in transforming the lives of people challenged with mental illness, substance addictions and developmental disabilities. No flight or web-shooting powers are required– just a desire to help others! Here's a link to the event: http://dekcsb.org/get-involved/walk-of-heroes-5k/
DHS Awareness Campaign
And the winner is....
Joy Kendrick! Karen Koonce-Crisis Coordinator, Mark Jones- DCA Instructor display winning poster.
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The Judges Table
Many thanks to the Judges for their help and input (D. Sprull, A. Williams, H. Borowski, S. Dennis, N. Jefferson, V. Fountain and K. Jones)