September is Suicide Prevention Month
Youth suicide is a preventable public health problem, yet it occurs at high levels in California and across the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is now the second leading cause of death among youth between 10 and 24 years of age.
Education and Prevention Measures at LVJUSD
- In conjunction with mental health grants received by our district, over 140 staff members have received Youth Mental Health First Aid training. By 2021, 500 staff members will be trained in total. The purpose of this training is to give adults who work with youth a better understanding of what mental health is, what some of the common diagnosis are, and how to respond to youth who might be experiencing a crisis. Understanding suicide and suicide prevention is part of this training.
- The District's mental health grant also provides training for some of our parents/guardians. We begin this education on September 26, 2019 with a 4-week, Youth Mental Health First Aid training for Spanish-speaking parents/guardians with children 12 to 18 years of age.
- Livermore High School was selected as one of only 3 pilot sites in California to introduce teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) to students. Over 460 LHS sophomores will learn about mental illnesses and addictions, particularly how to identify and respond to a developing mental health or substance use problem among their peers. Similar to CPR, students learn a 5-step action plan to help their friends who may be facing a mental health challenge or crisis, such as suicide.
- In accordance with Ed Code Section 215, all middle and high school student ID's have the National Suicide Hotline printed on the back so that every student has access to help if needed.
- Our Freshman in Transition (FIT) classes at Granada and Livermore high schools include suicide prevention information and discussion as part of the curriculum. FIT teachers have been trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid in preparation for these discussions.
- This year all teachers in the district have received training in suicide prevention.
If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or having trouble coping, there is help. For additional resources, including videos and books on the topic, see our Suicide Prevention page.
Suicide Prevention Wallet Card
Tarjeta de Billetera de Prevención de Suicidio