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Suicide Prevention Training

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Senetra Haywood

on 22 July 2017

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Transcript of Suicide Prevention Training

House Bill 198-Jason flatt Act
On May 5, 2015 Governor Deal signed HB 198--Jason Flatt Act into law. The new law requires teachers, counselors, and other certified public school personnel to have annual suicide prevention training.
Suicide ideation and attempts do not occur in isolation
Often there is an association with:
undiagnosed mental illness, such as depression
alcohol or substance abuse
victimization by peers
feelings of hopelessness
history of trauma or abuse
loss of a relationshiip
2016 Georgia Student Health Survey
of Glynn County students reported that they have seriously considered suicide during the past 12 months (11.51% female; 5.85% male)
of Glynn County students reported that they have attempted suicide more than once during the last 12 months (218 students out of the 2,691 participated)
of Glynn County students reported attempting more than 5 occasions
School Climate
Schools should ensure that they
maintain a positive and safe school climate
. Fostering a feeling of connectedness between the students and the school, providing an opportunity for students to
become involved in school activities
, and ensuring an overall safe environment for all students are essential components of a safe and positive school climate.

Many activities designed to prevent violence, bullying and the abuse of alcohol and other drugs may also reduce suicide risk among students. Programs that improve school climate and promote connectedness help reduce risk of suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse.
More on School Climate
Suicide Stats:
Glynn County School System

Suicide Prevention Training
Why Suicide
-Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 10 and 24
-One of every 3 young suicides in Georgia are completed with a firearm owned by a family member
-Every year in Georgia there are 700-800 youth hospitalized overnight for a suicide attempt
-There are as many as 100-200 youth who attempt for every completion (Georgia over 10,000 when including emergency room visits and unreported attempts)
-According to the GA Office of Child Fatality Review: "Although rates vary somewhat by geographic location, within a typical high school classroom, it is likely that 3 students (one male, 2 females) have made a suicide attempt in the past year."
Our Job
Schools should set high expectations on all staff and students to
behave respectfully and kindly to one another

In a positive school climate, all students are
respected, supported
, and
feel comfortable approaching an adult when confronted with problems

Importantly, bullying among students should be taken very seriously, as research has shown that students who feel victimized by other students or staff have an elevated risk of suicidal ideations and behaviors.
Warning Signs
Low Self-Esteem; Poor Self-Concept
May make self-crucial remarks like, "I'm no good or I'm just a burden."
Considers self a failure; guilty of some wrong
Says, "I can never do anything right." A series of crisis events may have happened, which leads to feelings of helplessness.
Shame, Humiliation, or Embarrassment
Loss of face among peers is a critical problem for youth to cope with. They may think that others dislike him/ her or are talking about him/her.
Preoccupation with fatalistic, morbid or disturbing thoughts
Excessive thoughts about death or suicide, which may show up in written assignments, drawings, or choice of music, literature, or other activities.
Changes in
Listlessness, Tension or Irritability
May react impulsively or be upset about seemingly small events; quick anger.

Overt Sadness and Depression
May often appear sad and depressed or show signs of tension and extreme anxiety.

Neglect of Personal Appearance
Formerly well-groomed person may become apathetic about personal appearance and hygiene.

Isolation and Social Withdrawal
Withdrawal from friends, family and activities formerly enjoyed. May stay in room listening to music with depressing or suicidal themes that intensify mood.
Note Changes in Emotional, Academic and Social Behaviors...
Uncharacteristic Decline in Academic Performance
May suddenly appear disinterested in school or in future goals. May make remarks like, "Don't bother to grade my final; I won't be around," or "It's just not worth it." An unusual decline in grades may be an indication that something is troubling a student.

Difficulty in Concentrating; Persistent Boredom
Difficulty in completing tasks or in following through on assignments.
Other Warning
Signs Include:
Loss of interest in usual activities
Withdrawal from friends and family members
Acting out behaviors and running away
Alcohol and drug use
Preoccupation with death and dying
Increased physical complaints frequently associated with emotional distress, such as stomachaches, headaches and fatigue
Loss of interest in school or school work
Feelings of boredom
Difficulty concentrating
Feelings of wanting to die
Lack of response to praise
Your Role as Certified Staff:
Build positive relationships with your students.
Do your part to contribute to positive school climate.
If you see, hear or read something, say something; refer the student to the counselor immediately.
Please do not wait until the end of the day or the next day--take ALL THREATS of suicide or signs of suicide seriously.
If you have any questions or concerns, refer the student to an administrator or the counselor right away.
Please be sure to sign-in for
today's training.
Thanks for all you do!
Source: 2016 Georgia Student Health Survey
Glynn County School Results
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