This month at BRCS we will be revisiting the Signs of Suicide program to continue our school's dedication to suicide prevention. In 2018, suicide was the leading cause of death for Utahns ages 10 to 17, and it's something that everyone who comes into regular contact with children and teens should take seriously. There is a common myth that talking about suicide might "put the idea in someone's head", but research suggests just the opposite. Through planned trainings, our faculty and students in grades 5-8 will be learning about common risk factors and warning signs for suicide, as well as what to do when someone is exhibiting any of these warning signs at our school. This screening form can help you identify whether your student may be exhibiting symptoms of depression or signs of suicide. As parents, you can also help prevent suicide by familiarizing yourself with these risk factors and warning signs:
The Signs of Suicide program we use at BRCS encourages students and staff to A.C.T. if they notice these signs exhibited by a student or colleague. Here are the steps:
Acknowledge: that you are seeing signs of depression or suicide and that it is serious
Care: Let the student know you care about them and you can help
Tell: Tell a trusted adult or refer the student to mental health providers
We encourage you to talk about this with your student during the month of February, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns!