Activities Part of Suicide Prevention Month

Students Plan Activities in Support of Suicide Prevention Month
Posted on 09/13/2021
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students with sidewalk chalk messages“You are loved.” Positive chalk messages like this greeted students as they entered school last week. Students and staff throughout Lakota are taking part in activities all month long in support of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

It’s a time to not only raise awareness of this often-taboo topic, but to spread hope and ensure that individuals and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.

Programs like Lakota’s Sources of Strength (SoS) and Hope Squad are giving students a way to help address this important need. SoS is a universal suicide prevention program that builds protective influences around youth and reduces the likelihood that vulnerable youth/young adults will become suicidal. 

At Hopewell Junior, students in the SoS program are starting and ending the week with positive messages on the announcements and are making presentations to fellow students during THAWK classes.

Plains Junior students wore yellow in support of Suicide Prevention Month and collected post-it notes with uplifting messages that will be used to form a giant heart to show everyone that they are loved and supported.

At the high school level, Hope Squad (a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program) students encourage not only its members but the entire school to reach out to other people and to show compassion.

Last week, Lakota East Hope Squad members created sidewalk chalk messages and passed out Life Saver candy to start the day. They also participated in the 22-pushup challenge to represent the 22 veterans that commit suicide every day.

This is just the start of the many activities Lakota students will participate in all year long.

“The importance of all of these activities is to break down the barriers around mental health access and the supports that exist in our community and our schools,” said Lauren Webb, Lakota’s Assistant Director of Gifted Services. “The most powerful prevention is when our students know what their resources are if they are struggling.”

Strong mental health plays a vital role in a student's growth and success, and Lakota will continue to focus on mental health initiatives to support our students.