Loudoun Schools Roll Out New Suicide Prevention Tactics
Suicide Prevention Text Line Posters now available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese; may be used across entire region-not solely Fairfax:
Loudoun County Public Schools provide suicide prevention information for parents. Over 300 attend.
Join Loudoun County Public Schools Department of Pupil Services for the upcoming Mental Health and Wellness Parent Seminar Series. January through May, experts from the region, community, and school system, will share their knowledge on relationships, Restorative Practices, bullying, anxiety and school refusal, resilience, suicide prevention and mindfulness. A description of each event is on the Parent Resource Services webpage at: http://www.lcps.org/Page/185265.
We need to talk to kids about suicide without glamorizing it. Here’s how. Read the Washington Post article here: Talk to your kids about suicide.
After a wave of teen suicides around the county over the last year, Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) brought Loudoun County together Nov. 7 to figure out how the community can do a better job at suicide prevention.
After numerous teen suicides, Loudoun comes together to talk “hope” – Loudoun Times-Mirror
Keeping Older Adults Connected to Prevent Suicide - Suicide prevention is “everyone’s business, every day,” according to Jane Woods, chairman of the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN). In this Q&A, Woods, a former state Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, talks about suicide prevention among older adults and the efforts of a SPAN work group to address this issue.
The Virginia Department of Health’s Suicide Prevention Program and the Virginia Suicide Prevention Coalition are pleased to present the 4th edition, Virginia Suicide Prevention Resource Directory, updated for 2016. This directory is designed to provide an easy to use reference of programs available in Virginia to assist individuals who may need suicide prevention resources.
Loudoun County’s CIT program training for Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies shows positive outcomes: Deputies Train to Spot Mental Illness and Avoid Tragedies – Loudoun Now
New National Academies report: Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8
New Child Trends report on developing measures of social-emotional development in early childhood
New SAMHSA data: State estimates of major depressive episode among adolescents
New National Academies report: Ending Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders: The Evidence for Stigma Change
Recent article from FiveThirtyEight: Surviving Suicide in Wyoming
July is Minority Mental Health Month
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.
Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care.
For Minority Mental Health Month, it's time to do your part.
LoudounNow has this report on Loudoun County Public Schools’ response to recent student suicides:
After 4 Teen Suicides, Loudoun Schools Launch Emergency Prevention Efforts
In Loudoun County Woodgrove’s We’re All Human Committee organized a school wide walk and assembly to break down the stigma of mental health and raise suicide awareness. The message given to students was hope. Students were encouraged to care for one another, be kind to one another and talk to someone if they are in need. Coverage was extensive and can be seen at these links:
SPAN Advisory Board member and Fairfax High School senior, Kate Bellows tackles stigma in a post entitled, “The Bellows Report: Let’s Talk About Mental Health”. http://www.rebelroar.net/4918/opinion/the-bellows-report-lets-talk-about-mental-health/
Opportunity for youth-led projects to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness announced in Fairfax. Provided by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board through a suicide prevention grant from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services. You can access the Request for Proposals at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/news/2016/anti-stigma-mini-grants.htm. Proposals are due February 12.You can read about last year's mini grant winners at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/news/2015/fighting-stigma.htm.