Today’s youth face more challenges and difficulties than ever before while navigating adolescence. For some, these struggles can be overwhelming and lead to feelings of hopelessness and desperation. A report from the National Center for Health Statistics found that the suicide death rate among persons aged 10–24 increased 56% from 2007 through 2017, now making it the second leading cause of death for that age range.

The Arkansas Center for School Safety is offering a class—Answering the Cry for Help: Suicide Prevention & Education for Schools—to assist educators in identifying students who may be struggling and providing them with resources to assist them. According to research shared by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, if someone can get through the intense, and short, moment of active suicidal crisis, chances are they will not die by suicide.

This class will be delivered Thursday, March 31 at the Criminal Justice Institute. There is NO CHARGE for this training.

This dynamic and interactive training will address many topics:
– Why adolescents perceive suicide as an option
– The scope of the adolescent suicide epidemic
– The facts and the myths about suicide
– Societal causes of adolescent suicide
– Signs and symptoms of suicidal crisis
– Basic assessment of suicidal risk
– The do’s and don’ts of working with depressed adolescents
– How to engage depressed teens in conversation
– How to enlist the help of adolescents in the suicide prevention effort


For more information, contact Stacey Ball at 501-570-8079.