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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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While we can work together year round to take care of fellow students, staff, families and community members, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and other mental health organizations recognize September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

Students and families can ask for help for themselves or on behalf of others from our school counselors, our Swedish School-Based Mental Health Counselors, any trusted adult at school, via the tip line or by calling 911. The district's Swedish School-Based Mental Health Counselors are contracted through Swedish Hospital and team closely with our school counselors. These positions are supported using local dollars from the Educational Programs and Operations Levy.

If someone you know is at risk of suicide, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or chat 988lifeline.org to get help. Or, learn more about the 988 Lifeline on their website.

Other resources for support include:

  • Crisis Text Line – text START to 741741 www.crisistextline.org  
  • Trevor Project 1-866-4UTREVOR (488-7386) (specific for LGBTQ youth). 
  • Teen Link 1-866-833-6546 www.teenlink.org.  
  • Children’s Crisis Outreach Response Services (CCORS) through the Crisis Clinic 206-461-3222.  
  • The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention's "#BeThe1To" campaign offers five action steps for communicating with someone who may be suicidal, including information in Spanish.

In our district, the Issaquah Schools Foundation funds trainings in Mental Health First Aid for Issaquah School District counselors, teachers, administrators and other staff members. The foundation plans to continue funding this type of training course to address common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Attendees learn to be aware of what signs to look for in students who may be struggling. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), as well as eating disorders, suicide prevention resources, and more.

Local nonprofit Influence the Choice also supports mental health and substance abuse prevention through multiple programs and efforts. Learn more about Influence the Choice, including their Action Forum for Youth, on their website, or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

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