Schools are often a youth's first source of support for mental health needs. During breaks and extended time away from school, students can find themselves in need of support and unsure of how to ask. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Suicide pevention is a team effort. Together we can prevent suicide.
AFSP provides guidance of simple steps that can be taken to help prevent suicide, not only during these uncertain times of COVID-19, but in all times. Identifying signs, asking the question, and connection to services are key concepts in this effort. Suicide is preventable. We all have a role to play.
Spring Break can be a relaxing and enjoyable time; however, some students may experience increased anxiety or depression. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) provides these tips to look for over the break:
What To Do
Reminders For Parents
If you or someone you know is suicidal, get help immediately via 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or the Crisis Text Line (text “HOME” to 741741).
During a mental health crisis, please call 727-372-4357 to speak with the Mobile Crisis Response Team (Pasco County).
Suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs. Do not be afraid to ask about suicidal thoughts. Never take warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret.
Learn how to care for you own mental health.
Download our self-care guide at afsp.org/KeepGoing.
Have a #RealConvo with someone in your life.
View our #RealConvo guides at afsp.org/RealConvo.
Reach out to your public officials to demand smart mental health legislation.
Learn how to advocate and take action to prevent suicide at afsp.org/ActionCenter.
Bring suicide education and support programs to your school, workplace and community.
Connect with your local chapter representative at afsp.org/Tampa.
Share the warning signs, and learn what research tells us about suicide.
Learn more about the warning signs at afsp.org/Signs.
Add crisis resources to your phone, and encourage friends and family to do the same.
Find a list of suicide prevention resources at afsp.org/Resources.
Connect suicide loss survivors to healing resources.
Explore loss and healing resources at afsp.org/loss.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please reach out to the Suicide Prevention Hotline by phone or text 741741.
Spring Break can be a relaxing and enjoyable time; however, some students may experience increased anxiety or depression. Here are some things to look for over the break.
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