Implement mental health education in Baldwin County Public Schools.

Implement mental health education in Baldwin County Public Schools.

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Anne Hadaway started this petition to Baldwin county public schools and

According to Infirmary Health's Community Health Needs Assessment, suicide rates in Baldwin County are 4.3 percent higher than Mobile County, and 4.8 percent higher than the state average. Needless to say, Suicide is an issue that plagues the lives of many families in Baldwin County. This is an issue that needs to be addressed. 

Although these statistics examine suicide rates in Baldwin County as a whole, Suicide amongst teens in Baldwin County continues to be a rising issue. During my junior year, Fairhope High school faced the loss of two students to suicide. Though I cannot speak for students of other schools, I'm sure that many other students in the Baldwin County Public School system faced similar issues throughout their schooling.  In addition, a recent article from WKRG cites one suicide and two suicide attempts amongst young students at Spanish Fort Elementary school, Fairhope Intermediate school, and Daphne East Elementary School. 

For those of you who have never experienced the loss of a classmate, it is a traumatic experience for everyone involved. I will never forget the pain I felt after loosing Reece Johnson, my classmate and friend, to suicide in February 2018. Walking into class and seeing his empty desk reminded us everyday of an internal struggle that many high school students experience each day- a struggle that many fail to communicate about. 

For these reasons, I am starting this petition to challenge Baldwin County Public Schools to implement proper instruction concerning mental health into its curriculum. How many losses will our students have to face before Baldwin County takes preventative action? Its time for Baldwin County Public Schools to take responsibility for the well being of its students by informing them of mental illness. We cannot continue to sweep these issues under the rug. It's time to break the silence. 

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