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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.

USD 232 is hosting an important parent information meeting regarding suicide awareness and prevention, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13.

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.

The information provided will help parents raise their awareness of risk and protective factors and how to build resiliency in their children.

“Nationally, suicide is the third-leading cause of death for children ages five to 14 and is the second leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24,” said Frank Harwood, Superintendent of Schools. “This is a topic that must be discussed and we hope this program will help our community gain knowledge and confidence to be part of this import conversation.” Parents at the meeting will also learn how to access other resources within the county.

All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

When: Thursday, September 13, 2018

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Mill Valley High School, Theatre
5900 Monticello Road, Shawnee

For more information about the meeting, please contact the school district office at 913-667-6200, or email

Learn more about the Johnson County School Districts coming together to address suicide among children and teens. > Johnson County Mental Health Convening

Link to Suicide Awareness & Prevention webpage >