Suicide Awareness & Prevention
The school district cares about preventing suicide and is committed to helping our employees increase their awareness of risk factors displayed by students and colleagues. We would like to take this opportunity to share information about the training we designed for suicide awareness and prevention.
Training for employees occurs annually and is in response to the Jason Flatt Act passed by the Kansas Legislature in June 2016. The customized training was developed by our own mental health experts and includes the following:
- Facilitator Introduction to the topic of Suicide Awareness & Prevention
- Training Video
- Facilitated Discussion
The training video is available for parents and guardians to view. It is our hope that you are able to watch the video to not only see the information presented to our employees, but so that you, as parents and guardians, know more about the risk factors, protective factors, and the importance of asking the difficult but important quesiton, "Are you thinking of suicide?"
Across the school district, our trainers heard a consistent request from teachers. "Please encourage parents to share with us if they are worried about their child. We’d like to know if their child struggles with depression and/or anxiety, or if they are concerned about the risk of suicide. That way we can be alert to any changes which could be warning signs – we just need to know.”
If you have any questions or are concerned about your child, please reach out to the counselors, social workers, teachers, coaches, administrators… with whomever you feel comfortable. We are in this together.
The Board of Education took action on Monday, September 9, 2019 proclaiming September as Suicide Prevention Month.