Stay Aware and Stay Connected
Butte County Office of Education
September is Suicide Prevention Month
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.
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 week800.334.6622, or
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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
- 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.
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 fine...so 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.
***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.
Student Advocacy with Mind Out Loud
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.
Suicide Prevention Kit
This is a great starter kit in order to help staff and students know the signs, have a conversation and reach out for help.
Resources for Students
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.