We can ALL prevent suicide...
Suicide is one of the primary causes of death among school age youth. But it is preventable. Individuals thinking about suicide commonly give warning signs. Parents, teachers, and friends are key in picking up on these signs and getting help. Never take warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret. School communities committed to making suicide prevention a priority can help youth before they engage in behavior with staggering consequences.
Did you know...?
Suicide is a leading cause of death for ages 10-24.
More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.
The Malheur Education Service District, in partnership with local mental health agencies, provides suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention support to our schools. As part of our program we:
Provide updated protocols, procedures and forms - such as a School Based Suicide Prevention Guide, Suicide Risk Assessment - Level 1 , and a Student Coping Plan with local and national crisis line phone numbers
Provide updated Suicide Prevention Resources for curriculum and trainings
Provide licensed, school based, mental health professionals to help with prevention, intervention, and postvention
Coordinate professional development such as ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) - a two-day training for those who want to learn a more in-depth suicide prevention approach and CONNECT- a 4hour training for school based mental health providers and administrators to help them coordinate a safe and supportive response to suicide and avoid contagion.
Behavior Consultant/Counselor Program
Provides assistance to local districts in the area of behavior evaluations and counseling for students with identified disabilities. A full-time behavior consultant/counselor provides services to eligible students in all schools in Region 14 grades K-12. Additionally, services of a certified school psychologist are provided on a limited basis. Services are directed toward student evaluation, supporting students with behavioral and emotional challenges. To access a referral form click Counseling Services Referral (PDF).