Depression and Suicide Prevention
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
School counselors can help to provide responsive services including internal and external referral procedures, short-term counseling or crisis intervention focused on mental health or situational (e.g. grief, difficult transitions) concerns with the intent of helping the student return to the classroom and removing barriers to learning.
School counselors deliver the core curriculum that proactively enhances awareness of mental health; promotes positive, healthy behaviors; and seeks to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues. The Northshore School District teaches the LOOK LISTEN LINK curriculum to 7th grade students.
- Teen Link - 206-461-4922 https://866teenlink.org/
- Crisis Clinic - 866-427-4747 https://crisisclinic.org/
- Crisis Text Line - Text "TALK to 741741 http://www.crisistextline.org/faq/
You may be aware of changes in a teens behavior that indicate depression or suicidal thinking.
Depression: These signs may indicate someone is suffering from depression. The more signs you see, the greater the risk.
- Persistent unhappiness, negativity, irritability anger or rage
- Restlessness and agitation
- Withdrawal from friends and activities
- Chronic worry, excessive fear or expressions of guilt
- Drop in school grades or conduct
- Feelings of being unable to satisfy expectations
- Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- Difficulty with relationships
- Self-destructive behaviors
Suicide: These signs may indicate someone is thinking about suicide. The more signs you see, the greater the risk.
- A previous suicide attempt
- Current talk of suicide or making a plan
- Strong wish to die or a preoccupation with death
- Giving away prized possessions
- Signs of depression, such as moodiness, hopelessness, withdrawal
- Increased alcohol and/or other drug use
- Hinting at not being around in the future or saying good-bye
These warning signs are especially noteworthy in light of:
- a recent death or suicide of a friend or family member
- a recent break-up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, or conflict with parents
- news reports of other suicides by young people in the same school or community
LOOK - LISTEN - LINK
LOOK for signs of depression
LISTEN for signs of depression
LINK your friend to a trusted adult
If you’re seeing and hearing things that seem to show that a friend might be depressed or even suicidal, link that friend to a trusted adult. Depression and suicidal thoughts are NOT issues teens can handle on their own. A friend can help another student in crisis by linking your friend to a trusted adult and showing them your care. Only a doctor or therapist can diagnosis and treat depression. Treatment for depression is available and does work. Your school counselor is a trusted adult that can help to assess, refer, and care for students. Your parent(s) and teachers are also adults in your life that can help you and your friend. If you're worried about a friend, ask for help.
There are confidential ways for you to help a friend/peer:
You can talk to your school counselor and they will keep your name confidential.
You can talk to your parent, teacher or other trusted adult. They can share the information with the school counselor and keep it confidential.
If your friend/peer is in an immediate crisis:
- Show them that you care.
- Get help!
You can access the crisis resources listed above for help. You can encourage your friend to use the crisis resources listed above for help. You can ask your parent for help.
If you have access to your friend's parent contact information, you (or your parent) can contact your friend's parent directly.
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