If you or someone you know is thinking of dying by suicide, get help immediately and dial 988. Designated as the new three-digit dialing code, 988 will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for our youth ages 10-24 years. It is important to know what you can do for your classmates, teammates, and friends. Start by downloading this guide on what to do and say to those who are struggling.
PARENTS & EDUCATORS
It is important for you, as a major influence in the lives of our young, to join in the battle against youth suicide. Educate yourself about the magnitude of the problem and how you can help by downloading this guide on warning signs and tips for prevention.
More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
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RHS Mental Health Counselor
Eric is a licensed Professional and Addiction Counselor with 15+ years of direct care experience, mental health program development, clinical services, and suicide prevention.
RHS Parent Mental Health Liaison
As a former educator, life coach, and best-selling author, Amanda has been advocating for students and parents since losing her son, Logan, in May 2019 to suicide.
RHS Minds Matter Club Sponsor
Casey holds two degrees from Clemson, is nationally certified, and has 15+ years of counseling experience. As RHS Director of Counseling, she is committed to promoting mental health and wellness in our students.
The suicide rate in the US is 14 out of every 100k, while the suicide rate among people with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is a staggering 86.9 out of every 100k. OUD raises the risk of suicide by nearly a third in men and more than doubles for women.
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Minds Matter aims to build an open, friendly community in a judgment-free environment where all RHS students come together as one big family, feeling welcomed and supported. After losing several students and a faculty member to suicide, it is vital to work together as a whole to raise awareness about mental health and help those who continue to suffer in silence. Find us on Instagram:
OUD & Suicide - Bicycle Health
Bicycle Health was founded in 2017 to increase access to high-quality, integrated medical and behavioral healthcare for people with Opioid Use Disorder. Bicycle Health recently published an educational guide on suicide and OUD, high-risk populations, causes, prevention, what to do if a loved one is showing signs of being at risk of self-harm or suicide, etc. and more.
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Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 3,703 suicide attempts by young people in grades 9-12.
The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip and empower young people, educators / youth workers, and parents with the tools and resources to help recognize when young people are in pain and assist at-risk youth in getting immediate professional help.
In this video created by Mayo Clinic, teens describe common signs that a teen is considering suicide and provide encouragement for communicating directly and immediately for support and safety. It also includes suggestions for what to say to a teen who may be at risk for suicide and ways to keep them safe. Things can get better.
American Found. for Suicide Prevention
With 30 years of service to the suicide prevention movement, AFSP is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education, and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.
There's an APP for that!
A Friend Asks, developed by the Jason Foundation, is a go-to resource for those who think someone they care about might be at risk of suicide. Each app offers tips for how to look for warning signs, instructions for how to ask a friend if they've been thinking about suicide, and what to do if they say "yes."
Developed by the Department of Defense, Virtual Hope Box helps individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts. Users develop a fully immersive, customizable experience featuring games, inspirational quotes, coping exercises, breathing therapy, and much more.