Pupil Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention, Intervention, & Postvention
Suicide can be prevented. Most of us have been touched by the tragedy of suicide. We may have lost someone close to us or been moved by the loss of someone we may have never met. Even if we knew the person was struggling, when a suicide happens, those left behind often experience deep shock. However, many people who find themselves in a suicide crisis can and do recover. Suicide can be prevented. You can help by taking the following actions outlined in the Know the Signs website (www.suicideispreventable.org).
• Know the Signs: Learn to recognize these warning signs and how to respond to them by visiting the Know the Signs web site.
• Find the Words: If you are concerned about someone, ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide. The “Find the Words” section of the Know the Signs web site suggests ways to start the conversation.
• Reach Out: You are not alone in this. Visit the Reach Out section of the Know the Signs web site to identify where you can find help for your friend or loved one.
Prevention Works. Many people who feel suicidal do not want to die. If they can get through the crisis, treatment works. There are programs and practices that have been specifically developed to support those who are in a suicide crisis. In an effort to address the needs of our school communities, School Mental Health (SMH) has established clinics and centers throughout the District to provide high quality, direct mental health services to students and families in conveniently located facilities. For referral forms and a list of the School Mental Health Wellness Networks and Clinics located throughout the District, visit https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/12124.
I am worried about my child, what should I do?
If you believe that your child is thinking about suicide, approach the situation by asking. Asking is the first step in saving a life and can let them know that you are here for them and will listen.
If you need immediate help, call 911. For a psychiatric emergency, contact the Department of Mental Health 24-hours ACCESS Center at (800) 854-7771.