Mental Health/Suicide Awareness and Prevention
HB 1386 focuses on Early Mental Health Intervention for all students with a focus on Suicide Prevention. PISD counselors will present age appropriate guidance lessons to students on dealing with anxiety and depression.
According to Texas Suicide Safer Schools by Dr Scott Poland and Dr. Donna Poland, suicide is the second or third leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24. Suicide is preventable and a system wide approach is needed that includes the schools and all stakeholders.
Warning Signs of Suicide include but are not limited to the following:
- Talking about suicide
- Making statements about feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless
- A deepening depression
- History of mental illness
- Preoccupation with death
- Taking unnecessary risks or exhibiting self-destructive behavior
- Engaging in non-suicidal self-injury
- Being victimized by bullying
- Out of character behavior, dramatic changes in behavior
- A loss of interest in the tins one cares about
- Visiting or calling people one cares about in a way that hints at saying goodbye
- Making arrangements; setting one's affairs in order
- Giving prized possessions away
- Exposure to suicide
If you or someone you know is in a crisis:
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or
Text the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741
For information on "How to Talk to Your Kids about Suicide", follow this link.