This week—and all month long—we join many groups in observing both #NationalSuicidePreventionWeek and #NationalSuicidePreventionMonth by sharing information about ways we can help to prevent suicide in our families, schools, and communities. We believe that everyone has a role to play in this effort.
Here we explore facts and research about suicide, as well as different ways that we can recognize warning signs of mental distress and know how to begin difficult conversations surrounding these topics. We also share resources from our own work and research at CHHCS about strategies to more sustainably support the mental wellness of children and adolescents within our schools and communities.
If you know someone that is struggling emotionally and needs support, or if you need support yourself, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7, online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org or by phone at 1-800-273-8255.
In this online resource, learn about ways to approach difficult, sometimes awkward conversations with friends and peers about mental health. Learn more.
Learn about some of the common misperceptions about mental illness and suicide and the facts that counter them in this article from NPR. Learn more.
Read about some of the current research surrounding suicide, and a small study about the motivating factors that may lead to suicide attempts among adolescents. Article comes from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Learn more.
This information sheet outlines practical steps that mental health providers can take to help prevent suicides. Key facts, practical steps for how to help students, and links to additional resources are provided. Find the guide here.
Guidance and resources are given in this information sheet for how suicide prevention fits within the role of a high school teacher. Key facts, practical steps, and links to additional resources for helping students are provided. Find the guide here.
This toolkit, created by the Jed Foundation, includes example scripts, video resources and graphics for individuals or organizations to share via social media to raise awareness and to know how to begin healthy conversations about mental health and suicide. Find the toolkit here.
Awards to support afterschool programs though youth-led service or service-learning activities. Learn more.
Deadline: October 4, 2019
Funding projects to support schools and nonprofit organizations to turn outdoor spaces into educational gardens. Learn more.
Deadline: October 15, 2019
Costco Wholesale engages in charitable efforts across the country by funding programs that focus on supporting children, education, and health and human services. Learn more.
Please note: The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools does not administer these funding opportunities. Please refer to each organization for further direction and details.