September 4-10, 2022, is National Suicide Prevention Week, a time intended to raise awareness about suicide prevention and warning signs of suicide. Nearly 46,000 people in the United States died by suicide in 2020, which is about one death every 11 minutes, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Arkansas Center for School Safety will be offering a FREE training, School and Suicide: Prevention and Postvention, on Friday, September 23, at the Wilbur D. Mills Education Cooperative in Beebe.
This FREE training will explore the warning signs, risk factors, and protective factors for those at risk of suicide within the school setting. The roles of schools in prevention planning for at-risk students and the need for a suicide prevention plan will also be addressed.
The course will cover Arkansas’ suicide prevention legislation and the future of suicide prevention within the state and will also address suicide postvention for districts wanting to incorporate postvention care into their policies or protocols.
The presentation will also include a step-by-step plan to ensure that those affected are cared for, suggested communication do’s and don’ts, and how to move forward after a suicide incident.
For more information, contact Stacey Ball at 501-570-8079.