Suicide Prevention Month: Free Webinar for Parents
September 9, 2020
USD 232 Families:
This is the time of year to raise awareness of suicide prevention during September, National Suicide Prevention Month. As part of our ongoing Student Well-being Series, we want to make you aware of a free 30-minute webinar for middle school and high school parents.
This important session will help educate parents on the risk factors and warning signs of depression and suicide and how to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) if you are concerned about a young person in your life.
The webinar will also discuss the Signs of Suicide program and the basics of school-based suicide prevention. There are two dates and times. Registration is required for the free webinar.
- September 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Central Time > registration
- September 23, 2020 at Noon Central Time > registration
The webinars are presented by MindWise, an organization that equips schools, workplaces, colleges, and communities with tools to help them address behavioral health issues, substance use, and suicide risk – enabling their members to live healthier lives.
The school district has a number of resources available to families regarding suicide awareness and prevention. Learn more by contacting your school directly or visiting www.usd232.org/suicideprevention.
USD 232 Cares
Nearly 100 parents attend informational meeting
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, USD 232 hosted an important parent information meeting on Thursday, September 13, at Mill Valley High School regarding suicide awareness.
Members of the district’s mental health team shared with parents the suicide trends occurring within Johnson County, KS, along with some of the training material used annually with school district employees. Parents had opportunity to ask questions and learn more about this important community issue.
A copy of the presentation from the parent meeting is available for download.
#ZeroReasonsWhy Campaign Launched by JOCO School Districts to Prevent Teen Suicide
JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS, September 13, 2018 – During this National Suicide Prevention Week (September 9-15) and National Suicide Prevention Month (September), the six School Districts in Johnson County, Kansas are joining together to launch the #ZeroReasonsWhy community mobilization campaign to prevent teen suicide. Focused on empowering community members to take action toward change, the campaign will organize, facilitate and support students, parents, educators, health providers, and other stakeholders in implementing action plans, programs, events, and outreach efforts – as there are zero reasons why we cannot come together to make a difference on this community issue.
Suicide Awareness & Prevention Meeting for Parents
The school district cares about preventing suicide and is committed to helping our parents and employees increase their awareness of risk factors displayed by students and others. In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, USD 232 is hosting an important parent information meeting on Thursday, September 13, at Mill Valley High School. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Theatre.
Members of the district’s mental health team will share with parents the trends occurring within Johnson County, KS, along with some of the training material used annually with school district employees.
September proclaimed Suicide Prevention Month
The Board of Education of USD 232 took action on Monday, September 10, 2018 proclaiming September as Suicide Prevention Month.
The proclamation coincides with the acknowledgement of National Suicide Prevention Week, which is September 9-15, as well as recognition of the six Johnson County school districts joining forces to address the growing number of teen deaths by suicide. The work being done by the school districts will continue beyond the month of September through the end of the current academic year.
Johnson County Mental Health Convening
(JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS) August 1, 2018 – Six Johnson County school districts are joining forces to address the growing number of teen deaths by suicide. The convening comes after district superintendents shared similar heartbreaking tragedies. As a unified group of school leaders, the superintendents decided it was time to have real conversations about real change.
“These deaths weigh heavy on our hearts,” said Blue Valley Superintendent Todd White. “It is unacceptable for our children to think that the very best way to improve their life is to end it.”