The month of September is Suicide Prevention Month and this past Thursday, September 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day.
Hebron's Counseling Team has provided suicide prevention curriculum during student wellness workshops, academic orientation, at school meeting, and through Mental Health and Wellness communication.
Hebron is committed to increasing our community's awareness of the warning signs, and what we can all do to help. Students have been educated about suicide warning signs (shared below), and the steps that they can take to prevent teen suicide.
When you are concerned about someone's safety, trust your instincts, and ask them directly if they are having thoughts about self-harm.
We are all obligated to seek support for someone who is having thoughts or behavior of self-harm. If someone says they want to die, take it seriously and don't leave them alone until you find adult support.
Students are taught about which adults to contact to seek support for someone who is having thoughts about self-harm:
1) Contact the AOD 207-966-5333 for urgent concerns, or seek support from the counseling team if you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal ideation or self-harming behavior: email@example.com or visit our Counseling Suite on the 3rd Floor of the Sturtevant Academic Building. Walk-in visits are strongly encouraged, you do not need an appointment.
2) Talk to a trusted adult: such as a parent, advisor, teacher, coach, or dorm parent, etc.who will make sure the student gets the help that they need.
If a parent becomes aware of a student in the Hebron community who is at risk, please call the AOD 207-966-5333 who will ensure that the student gets the support that they need. If the student is off-campus and/or is in immediate life-threatening danger, please call 911 or your local emergency number.
Please find the "Parent's Guide to Suicide Prevention", from the Child Mind Institute here to support you to prevent teen suicide.
Thank you for being parent and community partners to help spread the word to your students and their peers that:
Additional Resources: NAMI.org/suicidepreventionmonth