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September: Suicide Prevention Month

September: Suicide Prevention Month

Oswego, Ill. (September 2022) — Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among young people. An estimated 703,000 people a year take their life around the world. For every 1 suicide, there are likely 20 other people making a suicide attempt and many more having serious thoughts of suicide. Millions of people suffer intense grief or are otherwise profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviors. 

 

We want to take the time to remind everyone of the tools (some of which are new) that are available to help individuals in crisis. Contact information for the following crisis assistance lines: Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, Crisis Text Line, and Safe2Help Illinois, will be printed on the backs of student id cards for students in grades 6-12 and also linked on our website.

 

988: Anyone in distress, or anyone trying to help someone who is, can now simply dial 9-8-8, to speak with a trained counselor. Studies have shown that even a brief 10- to 15-minute conversation can result in a caller feeling less suicidal, less depressed, and less overwhelmed. Please note: the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s existing 1-800-273-8255 number still works, but the service has received an update and will now be able to address more mental health concerns, as well as suicide crises. 

 

CRISIS TEXT LINE: Students seeking emotional support can also text HOME to 741741, to reach a trained volunteer counselor.

 

Safe2Help Illinois: Safe2Help IL is available 24/7 via a hotline (844-4-SAFEIL), a text line (72332), and email (HELP@Safe2HelpIL.com). Safe2Help IL also has a website full of resources for young people seeking help for themselves or a friend. Safe2Help IL provides a confidential way for students to share safety concerns. Its Ways To Get Help page is a directory of various specialized hotlines. Other sections on the website provide practical steps for dealing with depression or helping a distraught friend. The checklist called 20 Questions To Ask Yourself If You Feel Like Giving Up can help a teenager overcome a bout of anxiety or depression.

 

The following three main resources will now be listed on all student ID cards for students in grades 6-12: 1) Dial 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline; 2) Text HOME to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line; and 3) Contact Safe2Help Illinois: Dial 844-4-SAFEIL, Text SAFE2 (722332), email HELP@safe2HelpIL.com. The printing of this information on student ID cards is a requirement as a result of a new law proposed by a group of Naperville students whose legislation was passed unanimously by the Illinois General Assembly.

 

National Crisis Resources as Listed on SD 308 Website:

If you or someone you know needs help or wants to discuss mental health concerns:

  • Visit the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Website.

  • Dial 988 to reach the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

  • Text HOME to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line

  • Contact Safe2Help Illinois: Dial 844-4-SAFEIL, Text SAFE2 (72332), email HELP@Safe2HelpIL.com

  • DHH: Chat or 711 then 988

  • En Español: Línea de Prevención del Suicidio y Crisis 988 y 1-888-628-9454

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress.

Mission Statement: In partnership with our families and communities, Community Unit School District 308 will educate all students to reach their highest potential.