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; and
- 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 question, "Are you thinking of suicide?"
Our district also uses SOS, Signs of Suicide, to help teach suicide prevention to students. Learn more.
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.
Kansas Mobile Crisis Helpline
Crisis support for Kansas families and children to resolve an emotional, psychiatric, or behavioral health crisis is available through the Department of Children and Families Mobile Crisis Helpline, 1-833-441-2240, including:
- Problem solving to resolve behavioral health crisis;
- Referral to community resources or recommendation to engage in stabilization services;
- In-person support via mobile crisis response; and
- Contacting mobile crisis response unit to assist in emergency situations.
Services are available to all Kansans 20 years or younger including anyone in foster care or formerly in foster care.