Mental Wellness & Suicide Prevention

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We hope you find the support and information that you are seeking.

Help is available

If you are in pain and considering suicide, there is help. The National Suicide Prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255.

If you or someone you are supporting is in imminent danger or a life threatening situation please contact 911.

As a school community we can offer hope, help, and strength. Thank you for taking the time to visit this website!

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Warning Signs of Suicide

Warning Signs of Suicide in English
The original publication of “Warning Signs of Suicide” is by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Senales de advertencia sobre el suicidio

Warning Signs of Suicide in English
La publicación original de “Signos de advertencia de suicidio” es del Instituto Nacional de Salud Mental.

Warning Signs of Suicide

The behaviors listed below may be some of the signs that someone is thinking about suicide.

Talking about:

  • Wanting to die
  • Great guilt or shame
  • Being a burden to others

Feeling:

  • Empty, hopeless, trapped, or having no reason to live
  • Extremely sad, more anxious, agitated, or full of rage
  • Unbearable emotional or physical pain

Changing behavior, such as:

  • Making a plan or researching ways to die
  • Withdrawing from friends, saying good bye, giving away important items, or making a will
  • Taking dangerous risks such as driving extremely fast
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Eating or sleeping more or less
  • Using drugs or alcohol more often

If these warning signs apply to you or someone you know, get help as soon as possible, particularly if the behavior is new or has increased recently.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK

Crisis Text Line
Text “HELLO” to 741741

www.nimh.nih.gov/suicideprevention


Señales de advertencia sobre el suicidio

Los comportamientos que se mencionan a continuación pueden ser algunas de las señales de advertencia de que alguien está pensando en suicidarse.

Hablar sobre:

  • querer morirse,
  • sentir una gran culpa o vergüenza,
  • ser una carga para los demás.

Sentirse:

  • vacío, sin esperanza, atrapado o sin razón para vivir;
  • extremadamente triste, ansioso, agitado o lleno de ira;
  • con un dolor insoportable, ya sea emocional o físico.

Cambiar de comportamiento, como:

  • hacer un plan o investigar formas de morir;
  • alejarse de los amigos, decir adiós, regalar artículos importantes o hacer un testamento;
  • hacer cosas muy arriesgadas como conducir con una rapidez extrema;
  • mostrar cambios de humor extremos;
  • comer o dormir demasiado o muy poco;
  • consumir drogas o alcohol con más frecuencia.

Si estas señales de advertencia le son pertinentes a usted o a alguien que conoce, busque ayuda lo más pronto posible, especialmente si el comportamiento es nuevo o si se ha intensificado recientemente.

Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio
1-888-628-9454 (español)/1-800-273-TALK (inglés)

Línea de crisis para mensajes de texto (inglés)
Envíe la palabra “HELLO” al 741741

www.nimh.nih.gov/prevencionsuicidio

Help Someone in Emotional Pain5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain

 Aydudar a una persona con dolor emocional
5 medidas que puede tomar para ayudar a una persona con dolor emocional

5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain

In 2018, suicide claimed the lives of more than 48,000 people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Suicide affects people of all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities.

Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it can be preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.

Here are 5 steps you can take to #BeThe1To help someone in emotional pain:

  1. ASK: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
  2. KEEP THEM SAFE: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
  3. BE THERE: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Research suggests acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
  4. HELP THEM CONNECT: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number (1-800-273-TALK) and the Crisis Text Line (741741) in your phone so they’re there if you need them. You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
  5. STAY CONNECTED: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.

For more information on suicide prevention: www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention.

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5 medidas que puede tomar para ayudar a una persona con dolor emocional

Según los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés), en el 2018 el suicidio cobró la vida de casi 48,000 personas en los Estados Unidos. El suicidio afecta a personas de todas las edades, géneros, razas y etnias.

El suicidio es complicado y trágico, pero puede evitarse. Saber cuáles son las señales de advertencia del suicidio y dónde obtener ayuda puede servir para salvar vidas.

A continuación, planteamos 5 medidas que puede seguir para ayudar a una persona con dolor emocional:

  1. PREGUNTE: “¿Estás pensando en suicidarte?” No es una pregunta fácil de hacer, pero los estudios muestran que preguntar a las personas en riesgo si tienen pensamientos o deseos de morir o de matarse no aumenta los suicidios ni los pensamientos suicidas.
  2. MANTÉNGALA A SALVO: Reducir el acceso de la persona suicida a ciertos objetos o lugares sumamente letales es parte esencial de la prevención del suicidio. Si bien hacer esto no es fácil, preguntarle a la persona en riesgo si tiene algún plan y desactivar o eliminar cualquier medio letal puede marcar la diferencia.
  3. ESTÉ PRESENTE: Escuche atentamente para enterarse de lo que la persona en riesgo está pensando y sintiendo. De hecho, las investigaciones sugieren que reconocer y hablar sobre el suicidio puede reducir los pensamientos suicidas en lugar de aumentarlos.
  4. AYÚDELA A ESTABLECER UNA CONEXIÓN: Guarde el número de la Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio (1-888-628-9545) y la línea de crisis para mensajes de texto (741741) en su teléfono celular para que lo tenga a mano cuando lo necesite. Usted también puede ayudar a la persona suicida a establecer una conexión con una persona de confianza, como un miembro de la familia, un amigo, un asesor espiritual o un profesional de la salud mental.
  5. MANTÉNGASE COMUNICADO: Mantenerse en contacto con la persona después de que tuvo una crisis o después de haber sido dada de alta de su tratamiento puede marcar la diferencia. Los estudios han demostrado que el número de muertes por suicidio disminuye cuando alguien da seguimiento con la persona en riesgo.

Para más información en inglés sobre la prevención del suicidio, visite: www.nimh.nih.gov/suicideprevention

Student Resources

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People go through difficult times and it is not uncommon to explore options to ease or stop the pain. If you or someone you know are considering suicide there is help available. If you or someone you are supporting is in imminent danger or a life-threatening situation please contact 911.

The resources on this page can help you or someone you know find hope, get through this moment, build resiliency for later, connect to others, and learn how to help someone.

It may be surprising to know that talking to someone about suicide does not increase the risk of suicide and the conversation provides an opportunity for connection and support. We are all in this together and together we are strong.

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Parents and Community Resources

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Welcome!  We are glad you are here visiting this site and exploring resources. We honor your courage and strength as you seek to help prevent suicide in our community.  If you or someone you are supporting is in imminent danger or a life-threatening situation please contact 911.Did you know asking someone if they are thinking about suicide does not increase their risk? While discussing suicide can be uncomfortable, it is essential in supporting people experiencing suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors. Our school district partners with the school community to  provide hope, help, and healing. We invite you to explore these resources to learn more about suicide prevention.

Staff / Employee Resources

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Visiting this site and the resources are important steps towards helping prevent suicide in our schools and community. The information on this webpage is equally valuable in supporting you, your colleagues, family, and friends who may be experiencing a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. While discussing suicide can be uncomfortable, it is valuable in reducing stigma surrounding suicide and connecting to others.

SKPS strives to offer hope, help and partnership in the journey towards a healthy and resilient community. If you or someone you are supporting is in imminent danger or a life-threatening situation please contact 911. We welcome you to explore the resources on this page in order to gain more information regarding suicide prevention.

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