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Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program

Yellow Ribbon

The counselors at Challenger Middle School want to help keep our teens, families, and community safe.  Suicide is the #2 cause of non-natural deaths for children ages 10-14 in San Diego.  Students in seventh grade will learn how more about how to help themselves and others during suicide and self-harm prevention presentations on November 14 during their science class.  A parent letter has been sent home regarding the presentations.  The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program is a nation-wide effort to educate, inform, and promote suicide prevention. 

Myth - talking about suicide increases the chances someone will take their life.
Truth - talking about suicide can relieve emotional pain and encourage help seeking behavior.

The presentation will include the following information:
•    Warning signs - personality change, withdrawing/isolating, reckless behavior
•    Risk factors - depression, drug/alcohol use, relationship stress, bullying 
•    AND  Protective factors - social connectedness, cultural or religious beliefs
•    Where and when to ask for help  

If you have any questions, please contact the 7th grade counselor, Ms. Sally Tom at stom@sandi.net or 858-586-7001, extension 2213. 

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