Increase help to suicidal students before more innocent teenagers are lost.

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In the Maryland school district of Montgomery County Public Schools, four beloved students have been lost to suicide. In order to stop this growing epidemic, we the students feel as though teachers and other staff members at the schools should receive training on how to identify instances of depression in their classrooms, and how to reach out to those students for help. Let's face it. Students these days rarely see their counselors, and oftentimes someone with depression will feel like too much of a burden, too much dead weight to reach out themselves. However, if someone they are familiar with and trust... say, a teacher or coach... was to reach out to them, they would be more likely to open up. Oftentimes teachers mean well and want to help, but either aren't aware of the problem or are unsure of how to approach it. There are already programs in motion to address this issue, like John Hopkins University's Adolescent Depression Awareness Program, which is designed to educate "school-based professionals, high school students, and parents about the illness of depression". According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there are "...currently ten states (Alaska, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, North
Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas) that mandate annual suicide prevention training for school personnel." Why not Maryland? Why not the rest of the nation? Suicide is an important issue that needs to be addressed and resolved: in honor of the dead and in defense of the living.



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