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Suicide Prevention

Jason Flatt Youth Suicide Awareness (SB 323)

The Kansas Legislature has passed and the Governor has signed SB 323 which is known has the Jason Flatt Youth Suicide Awareness Act.

USD 298 Suicide Prevention Handbook

Youth Suicide Warning Signs

•Talking about or making plans for suicide
•Expressing hopelessness about the future
•Displaying severe/overwhelming emotional pain or distress
•Showing worrisome behavioral cues or marked changes in behavior, particularly in the presence of the warning signs above. Specifically, this includes significant:
•Withdrawal from or changing in social connections/situations
•Changes in sleep (increased or decreased)
•Anger or hostility that seems out of character or out of context
•Recent increased agitation or irritability

How to Respond

If you notice any of these warning signs in anyone, you can help:

1. Ask if they are ok or if they are having thoughts of suicide
2. Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior
3. Listen attentively and non-judgmentally
4. Reflect what they share and let them know they have been heard
5. Tell them they are not alone
6. Let them know there are treatments available that can help
7. If you are or they are concerned, guide them to additional professional help.

Source: youthsuicidewarnings.org 

Resources for youth suicide prevention:

Jason Flatt Foundation: http://jasonfoundation.com/

Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center: http://www.kansassuicideprevention.org/

National Suicide Prevention Life Line: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Page: http://www.samhsa.gov/suicide-prevention

Suicide Prevention Resource Center: http://www.sprc.org/

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention- Kansas Chapter: https://www.afsp.org/local-chapters/find-your-local-chapter/afsp-greater-kansas

Greenbush Suicide Prevention Parent Awareness Resources:  https://www.greenbush.org/parentawarenessresources/