According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among school-age youth. Research has indicated that asking about suicide does not increase the risk of suicide. Talking about suicide may decrease anxiety and provide an opportunity for the individual to discuss something that may be difficult to talk about. Suicide is preventable and anyone can help prevent a death by suicide. Working together, we can decrease the suicide rate in our schools and community. It is important to instill a sense of hope and encourage help-seeking behavior. Hope and support can save a life!
Information on this website does not replace the advice of a mental health professional. Salem-Keizer Public Schools will share supportive resources as part of our outreach and suicide prevention efforts. If you notice that your student is unusually withdrawn, tearful, or depressed, seek professional help or call the crisis information contacts below. If there are immediate safety concerns call 9-1-1.