suicide prevention conference

Suicide Prevention in Students

Last weekend we joined forces with Hunter College to host a event for:

“Suicide prevention and how to help a fellow student if you are worried about them”

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among school age youth. However, suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress. Parents, teachers, and friends are in a key position to pick up on these signs and get help. Most important is to never take these warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret. When all adults and students in the school community are committed to making suicide prevention a priority-and are empowered to take the correct actions-we can help youth before they engage in behavior with irreversible consequences.

Suicide Warning Signs

Most suicidal youth demonstrate observable behaviors that signal their suicidal thinking. These include:

  • Direct suicidal threats: “I am going to kill myself”
  • Indirect suicidal threats: “I wish I could fall asleep and never wake up again”
  • Suicide notes and plans – including online postings
  • Prior suicidal behavior
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts and/or feelings


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