Suicide Prevention Week

Posted by Mary Judge on 9/6/2019 9:30:00 AM

Dear Falcon Family,

During the week of September 8 through September 14, the District will be recognizing Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.  As you may be aware, the suicide rate among teens is rising.  The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has identified suicide as a major public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States.   According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, on average one person dies by suicide every 11 hours in New Jersey. Suicide continues to be the 14th leading cause of death in the state and is the second leading cause of death for New Jersey youth ages 15 to 24.   (AFSP Fact Sheet)

In recognizing this week, I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you some resources from the NJ Department of Education for families, students, and educators that are available on the DOE website, NJDOE Suicide Prevention Resources. I also encourage parents to watch this video for strategies to talk with their children about suicide, Video: Suicide Prevention for Parents.

In an effort to continue their mission of providing mental health awareness programs to the community, JT Connect along with Project Speak Out! will be showing the movie Suicide: The Ripple Effect in the JTHS Auditorium at 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 28, 2019.  Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

As always, the Crisis Text Line, the New Jersey Hopeline, the 2nd Floor Youth Helpline, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are available 24 hours/7 days a week if you or someone you know is considering suicide.

If you have any questions regarding suicide prevention, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s school counselor or other mental health community resources.

Margaret Widgren, Director of Student Personnel Services