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National Suicide Prevention Month

September Is National Suicide Prevention Month – How to Talk With Your Teen About Suicide
suicide is preventable photoIn all classes, we are reaching out to our students to help bring awareness and support to this important topic. In elementary, we are focusing on You Matter and building self-esteem.

In grades 6-12, we are focusing on how to participate in the national #BETHE1TO initiative. Please know, we are here to support all students in building confidence and awareness.

  1. Talking about or making plans for suicide
  2. Expressing hopelessness about the future
  3. Displaying severe/overwhelming emotional pain or distress
  4. Showing worrisome behavioral cues or marked changes in behavior, particularly in the presence of the warning signs above. Specifically, this includes significant:
    • Withdrawal from or changing in social connections/situations
    • Changes in sleep (increased or decreased)
    • Anger or hostility that seems out of character or out of context
    • Recent increased agitation or irritability

How to Respond

If you notice any of these warning signs in anyone, you can help

  • Ask if they are ok or if they are having thoughts of suicide
  • Listen attentively and non-judgmentally
  • Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior
  • Reflect what they share and let them know they have been heard
  • Tell them they are not alone
  • Let them know there are treatments available that can help

How to Get HELP for Your Child or Friend

In your network:  Contact your insurance provider for Mental Health Services

In your community: Click here for a list of Crisis Intervention contacts by county.

In your school:  Reach out to your Family Coach, your child’s Guidance Counselor or teacher, or call me, the Agora Crisis Coordinator, directly at 724-698-2185



It’s Time to Talk About It – A Family Guide for Youth Suicide Prevention:  This guide will help family members recognize the warning signs and risk factors of suicide in order to be able to identify the signs in youth, with information on how to find help for that youth.

Learn the F.A.C.T.S. about Teen Suicide: If you notice these signs, you can help prevent a suicide.

Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative, an outreach of the PA Department of Education, provides valuable resources for parents and students, as well as teachers and healthcare providers. is Louder was started by The Jed Foundation, MTV and Brittany Snow to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255: The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals



#BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond, spreading the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. The Lifeline network and its partners are working to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention, to actions that can promote healing, help and give hope. Together, we can prevent suicide by learning to help ourselves, help others, seek consultation from trained providers (hotlines and clinicians) and to seek hospital care when necessary. Learn about each step and why the steps are effective here.

Suicide affects everyone and everyone can do something to help if they see or hear warning signs that someone is at risk of suicide. We’re in this together!