Suicide Prevention Awareness and Resources – Learn How You Can Help
Dear SVSD Families,
This message is sent with compassion and concern to let SVSD families know that public health officials are seeing an increased risk in King County youth under the age of 18 dying from suicide and unintentional overdose related to individual and community stressors. Young people may be even more at risk due to less access to their typical social networks.
We recognize that this continues to be a difficult time for everyone. As the pandemic continues, many of us are feeling the corresponding exhaustion, emotional fatigue, and increased behavioral health challenges as our response to the health crisis drags on. This can be compounded by seasonal changes as we head into winter. It is also more difficult to stay connected with supportive people who typically help us cope, given further statewide restrictions in place.
As educators, we continue to be vigilant in supporting the social emotional well-being of each of our students. However, current conditions present an extra challenge due to limited time with students. We want to pass on what to look for when we have elevated concerns about students.
Please take a moment to read this important information and pass it on to family and friends, as we all must work together to keep each other safe. Also, resources below provide access to additional support from caring, trained professionals who will listen and help, if you or a loved one is struggling.
Know the Warning Signs
Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, please seek help by calling the Lifeline:
Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun.
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
Talking about being a burden to others.
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
Sleeping too little or too much.
Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
Extreme mood swings.
Resources Ready to Help:
IMPORTANT: Call 911if you believe someone to be in imminent danger
24-hr Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
24-hr Crisis Text Line - Text ‘HEAL’ to 741741
24-hr Crisis Connections - 1-866-427-4747
Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-HOPE
Teen Line - Text ‘TEEN’ to 839863
Teen Link (Call in 6-10 p.m.) - 1-866-833-6546
Trevor Project/LGBTQ Support - Text ‘START’ to 678678
Trans Lifeline - 1-877-565-8860
Other Resources – Call 211 or visit online
Additional resources in our school district:
Safe Schools Tipline - Report a safety concern to school officials via text or phone 360-587-4726, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, select the “Report a Concern” icon on the district website.
School counselors, psychologists, mental health therapists and social workers are available for support and can help refer families to additional mental health resources.
OurSuicide Prevention Strategieswebpage outlines steps our schools have taken to help raise awareness among students, staff, and families in recent years.
Here are some self-care tips to help bolster your mental health during this pandemic. Stay well!