Help Prevent Suicide
All Grades

Principal Bulletin Informational

It has recently come to our attention that some of our students may be talking about self-injury and/or suicide. We want to always take these concerns very seriously, as the physical and mental well-being of our students is essential to their growth and development.

Suicide rates are increasing, and are the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10-14 (CDC, 2017).

The best way to prevent suicide is to know the signs and talk about it directly. Here is a list of potential warning signs :

  • Talking about wanting to die (including social media posts)
  • Feeling hopeless, worried, sad, angry or agitated
  • Displaying changes in mood, behavior, sleeping or eating habits
  • Being withdrawn or isolating from friends and family
  • Giving away valued items to others: clothes, momentos, toys, etc.

If you or your staff become aware of a student who may be at risk of suicide or self-injury, please follow the SCUSD Suicide Risk Assessment Procedures. Please share these procedures with your staff. SSHS staff is also available to provide a suicide awareness & prevention training for your staff and/or parents.