Stay Aware and Stay Connected

Butte County Office of Education

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September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.

Please take a moment to check out the resources, materials, toolkits, trainings and supportive offerings for educators.

Let’s make sure to participate in this important opportunity for the well-being of our students, staff, and community.

We Can All Prevent Suicide

Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide.

While not everyone will be directly impacted by suicide, by starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.

Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others.

By offering immediate counseling to everyone that may need it, local crisis centers provide invaluable support at critical times and connect individuals to local services.

Local Support

Help is only one phone call or text message away. Please reach out if you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm.

National Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 741741

CA Youth Crisis Line: 800-843-5200

BCOE Trauma Fire Recovery Team: 530-487-4418

Behavioral Health Crisis Lines

24 hours a day / 7 days a week

800.334.6622, or

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800.273.TALK (8255)
Chat online at

Teen Crisis Line

800-852-8336 or text TEEN to 839863

Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ+)

North Valley Talk Line
11:30am to 9:30pm / 7 days a week

Know the Risk Factors

Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. They can't cause or predict a suicide attempt, but they're important to be aware of.

  • Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders
  • Alcohol and other substance use disorders
  • Hopelessness
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Major physical illnesses
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Family history of suicide
  • Job or financial loss
  • Loss of relationship(s)
  • Easy access to lethal means
  • Local clusters of suicide
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation
  • Stigma associated with asking for help
  • Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
  • Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
  • Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)

For more information, support and guidance please visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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End the Silence

In March of 2021, high school students were invited to come together and share their thoughts and feelings about mental health, their struggles, how they are coping and if they feel supported. The message was clear – safe spaces to talk openly, without judgment, about what is really happening for young people are needed. By Ending the Silence as a community, we bridge the gap between individuals and resources.

Remember, people communicate sadness in different ways. We might hear things or see things that can show us warning signs.

Here are a few things to look for

1 - Social media posts hinting at suicide or self-harm

2 - Withdrawing from friends, not responding to texts

3 - Lack of interest in things your friend used to enjoy

4 - Hopelessness - saying things like "nothing will ever change," "it doesn't matter anyway" or "everyone would just be better off without me"

5 - They start using or increase their use of drugs or alcohol anxiety symptoms

6 - They talk about depression

7 - They aren't sleeping/eating

8 - And sometimes you might not notice any of these signs...or they might just say they're never hesitate to ask how they are doing.

We all have the opportunity to do our part by building each other up, creating a culture of support and stopping the stigma about mental health and suicide.

Learn More

***The End the Silence event was held April 22, 2021 and hosted 765 students, parents, educators, and administrators in Butte County for a day of engagement and conversation about mental health, suicidal ideation, warning signs, how to get connected to safe spaces and people and to hear the needs of the youth. Community partners worked together on the logistics, promotion, and implementation the planned event it was really an event led by youth.

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Student Advocacy with Mind Out Loud

Students can apply to be Mind Out Loud ambassadors bringing their voice to this important work. Mind Out Loud was a virtual event, co-hosted by San Diego County Office of Education and Wellness Together bringing students and celebrities together to talk about mental health. Information is attached. Please encourage students who are interested to apply. APPLY HERE

Suicide Prevention Training for Staff and Students

We are so happy that the Living Works Start Suicide Prevention online training is being made available at no cost once again this school year. It is available to any staff person who works with students in grades 7-12, as well as students in those grades. The flyer with access link is attached. If anyone who took the course last year wants to take it again, let us know and we can provide instructions on how to reset their access with Living Works.

For instructions or Questions please contact Santy Gray at and/or Sheri Hanni at

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Suicide Prevention Kit

The term back to school takes on an entirely new meaning this coming year, and with it comes additional challenges and stressors for our youth. In addition to re-engaging on the usual tasks and roles that schools have typically served, there will need to be an even more vigilant effort paid to youth mental wellness. During Suicide Prevention Week, the month of September and throughout the year, schools are encouraged to use the resources below to engage students, staff and the larger school community.

This is a great starter kit in order to help staff and students know the signs, have a conversation and reach out for help.

Check this out for resources!

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Resources for Students

Directing Change

Directing Change is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

For more information CLICK HERE.