September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
“Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.
Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called “suicide loss survivors”) are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.”
* The above is an excerpt from the National Alliance of Mental Illness. It is important as Forest City community members that we are aware of warning signs, risks, and ways to support students dealing with thoughts of suicide. Please know there is support out there.
Warning Signs of Suicide:
National Alliance of Mental Illness
Your Life Iowa
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
I am the School Counselor at Forest City High School and I love that I have the opportunity every day to help all students here achieve and succeed! The students, faculty, and community are wonderful! Go Indians!