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Suicide Awareness

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month: A time to support each other, raise awareness, reduce stigma, and celebrate recovery from mental illness. Click here for information about Risk Factors and Warning Signs and other Information about Suicide

The 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline-24/7 call, text, chat. 988 is a direct connection to compassionate, accessible care and support for anyone experiencing thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988.

What is Mead doing to support our students and staff?
We strive to ensure each student is Future Ready and empowered to Dream, Believe, and Achieve.  We use an Upstream approach to issues related to mental health, substance use, and suicide which includes focusing on youth before any possible risk of suicide has developed. We seek opportunities to build resiliency by promoting mental wellness, enhancing protective factors, creating a sense of belonging, developing problem-solving skills, and building communities that support those protective factors.  Additionally, we have trained staff who are able to respond to suicide or other mental health/substance use crisis in the event a student needs that level of support.

Did you know…Students who feel connected to adults and peers at school were significantly less likely to report persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness or to have seriously considered or attempted suicide (Source: CDC).

How can you help?
Simple, Suicide Assessment Questions for anyone
Parent form-Suicide Assessment
School Staff form-Suicide Assessment

Did you know there is also an app to check risk for suicide?
Columbia Suicide Risk Assessment app-Google
Columbia Suicide Risk Assessment app-Apple