Suicide Prevention within Bloomington Junior High School
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Did you know that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, but most importantly the 1st leading cause of death for kids ages 10-14 in Illinois? Did you also know that females attempt suicide twice as often as males but males are four times more likely than females to commit suicide? You may not have known that because neither the Suicide Hotline or suicide prevention information are listed under the Parent Resources page nor the Student Services page on the Bloomington Junior High School website.
Suicide is a very serious topic that needs to be talked about with children and teens of all ages considering suicide rates of children aged 10-14 have increased by 50 percent in the past 30 years. which is why suicide is a subject that needs to not only be talked about at BJHS but at least the suicide hotline and some information on suicide awareness should be showcased on the BJHS website for teachers, parents and students to find.
There’s no single cause for why people commit suicide but it most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of helplessness and despair. Conditions such as depression, anxiety and substance problems are increase risk factors of suicide especially when unaddressed. Depression, anxiety and talks about killing one’s self are common warning signs/risk factors of suicide.
What we want is for the school to hold an assembly a semester during student’s homeroom to talk about the risk and warning signs of suicide and where students can go if they need to get help. We would also like for the BJHS to have the Suicide awareness hotline along with some information where students and parents alike can easily access it
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