Teen Depression/Suicide Prevention Presentation to Community/Parents – March 14
Nationally, nearly 1 in 5 teens has reported seriously considering suicide in the past year, and depression is the single greatest risk factor for suicide.
Mental well-being is an issue across the country, Virginia, and Suffolk. As hard as it is to say, nearly every city in Hampton Roads has suffered the loss of a teen by suicide in recent years. We recognize that we have many more students who are struggling.
For that reason, Suffolk Public Schools is partnering with the Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation to bring our students a video created by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This video will help our students recognize the signs of depression in themselves or others, challenge the stigma surrounding depression, and learn how to ask for help.
Community/Parent “More than Sad: Teen Depression” Presentation Schedule
Wednesday, March 14 – 6:30 p.m. at Lakeland High
King’s Fork High School at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21
Thursday, March 1 – 6:30 p.m. at Nansemond River High
Over the next several weeks, all 10th-grader will be seeing the video “More than Sad: Teen Depression” as part of the 10th grade health & physical education curriculum. Immediately after seeing the video in class, a trained mental health facilitator along with our guidance counselors will lead a discussion about depression.
The student video is just one part of our outreach. We are providing this same information to all high school staff prior to class discussions and parent presentations. We want to be sure all adults in our schools are ready to help, should any student ask for help.
We are committed to building a stronger safety net for Suffolk teens by engaging all adults in their lives. The parent/community discussions related to the “More than Sad: Teen Depression” video are designed to help parents and caring adults in the community learn warning signs, what to say, and how to guide teens to help.
You are welcome to attend any of these presentations and to share with other people you may know who are working with teens such as coaches, youth pastors, activity directors, scout leaders, and community sports directors.
- NOTE: This parent/community presentation is an adult discussion about the same information students will receive in their classroom, so your 10th-grader does not need to attend the evening session. It is also not intended for young audiences as sensitive content is discussed.