Suicide Prevention Education

 
The Suicide Prevention Education Program empowers middle and high school students with the ability to identify the signs and symptoms of suicide and depression and what they can do to get help. The curriculum used is Signs of Suicide (SOS), developed by Screening for Mental Health, Inc. It is listed on SAMSHA’S National Registry of evidence-based programs and practices for high school, while the middle school program is considered best practice. Students are taught that suicide is not a normal response to stress, but is a preventable tragedy that can be a result of untreated depression. An easy-to-remember acronym, ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell), equips students with steps they can take if they require help for themselves or friends. Mental Health America Fredericksburg Virginia (MHAFVA) can work with school districts in Virginia Planning District 16 (Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, Stafford, King George and Caroline). The program has been implemented in Spotsylvania County and Fredericksburg City public schools at the 7th and 9th grade level. If you would like more information about how to bring this program to your school or your community, email Suicide Prevention Education Coordinator Melissa Blasiol at melissablasiol@mhafred.org.

Teen Council

The Mental Health America Fredericksburg Virginia (MHAFVA) Teen Council actively works towards spreading awareness and reducing stigma surrounding mental health in our schools and community. Our focus is to educate, raise awareness and give teens a voice. It is open to teens currently enrolled in a high school program in Planning District 16 (Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, Stafford, King George and Caroline). All volunteer hours count towards official community service activity. If you are interested in joining us, complete the application located in the link below. For more information, email Suicide Prevention Education Coordinator Melissa Blasiol at melissablasiol@mhafred.org.

Join Teen Council

Do you have a will to help and support others? We’re looking for high school students to join the Teen Council as a volunteer for our efforts to address the signs of depression and spread awareness throughout schools.

Text about Another Day’s affiliation with Suicide Prevention Education

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