If I can be very upfront and honest, this is a tough subject to address....for anyone, including counselors. In an effort to make our schools a safer place and to create an environment where students feel comfortable speaking about important issues they face, I believe the door must be open to these conversations.
In the United States, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth aged 11-18. According to the 2018 Missouri Student Survey, 19.8% of Taney County students reported ‘seriously considering’ suicide in 2018, with 14.7% making a plan to do so. In Stone County, 14.4% of students reported ‘seriously considering’ suicide in 2018, and 9.6% made a plan to do so.
These numbers open my eyes to the necessity for our staff and our community to be aware of the warning signs of suicide and how to seek help for those who may be experiencing such serious thoughts. I strongly encourage staff and community members to seek training to be a trusted adult for our youth to open up to and keep our eyes open for any warning signs that may be present.
I plan to post these training opportunities here on my blog site and strongly encourage you to attend one of them:
The first local Signs of Suicide Trusted Adult Training will be at Hollister High School Auditorium on Tuesday, September 25th, from 8 AM-10 AM. Please see the attached file and register as soon as possible.