CUSD needs to address suicide in a better way

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The American Foundation for Suicide prevention states that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. 44,193 Americans die by suicide every year. Yellodyno.com tells us that suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15 - 24 year olds. I am creating this petition because last year, Clovis Unified School district in Fresno/Clovis, California was struck with 3 suicides last year all at the same school- Clovis West High School. One of them of which is Trevor Bernardoni, a boy I never met, but a boy who also was close to many of the people in my life.

I have read many articles about Trevor Bernardoni's mother trying to reach out to Clovis Unified to really help with suicide awareness, but her efforts have mostly been ignored. My first problem here is the fact that our schools didn't have a memorial of the students that killed themselves. They gave close to no recognition to the fact that these teens, merely children, took their lives.

I am not blaming the suicides on the school, but I am aware that the school is within it's power to provide more awareness to the students around them who are suffering from, depression, and suicidal thoughts. I want to prevent any more students around me from self harming, or being pushed to the brink of killing themselves.

I was pushed to start this petition on Friday, when two boys at my school, a sophomore and a freshman- both best friends- decided to overdose before school. Both of them overdosed before school started, and then proceeded to go to school together. At school, one collapsed in class and one of them could barely walk or breath. They were both taken to the hospital

This petition is directed at CUSD, a petition for them to TAKE ACTION, and address the issue in a conversational way with the entire school. I would like CUSD to hold a peer to peer assembly every year to talk about the outcomes of suicide. This assembly would consist of these peers leading the assembly, but it would be left open to the questions of any of the students who needed to ask about it. At the end, it would be open to anyone who was needing to talk.

This assembly would be to show the other students that we are a family, and NO ONE is alone. I want the students to be able to relate to their peers, and realize that the people who are talking to them are not a bunch of adults who are just doing their job. We are a group of teenagers who understand, and value their lives. We are all in this fight together and together we want to win the fight against suicide.

 



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