Sometimes when you’re feeling really low and down in the dumps, do you ever wonder if you have depression? It seems like it’s a common disease nowadays. Or how about panic attacks? Everybody seems to get them. Maybe a friend or family member acts like they are struggling. It can be hard to tell if you have a diagnosable illness or if it’s just part of your natural rhythm.
There is some comfort in knowing the answers. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Is an excellent place to start looking. Learn about mental illness warning signs and symptoms. Take action if the symptoms indicate a medical concern. Please don’t shrug it off and wait for it to go away on its own. People care about you. Get well.
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What K-12 School Leaders Need to Know About Suicide Prevention
Read A Culture of Caring; A Suicide Prevention Guide for Schools (K-12)
A Culture of Caring: A Suicide Prevention Guide for Schools (K-12) was created as a resource for educators who want to know how to get started and what steps to take to create a suicide prevention plan that will work for their schools and districts. It is written from my perspective as a school principal and survivor of suicide loss, not an expert in psychology or counseling. I hope that any teacher, school counselor, psychologist, principal, or district administrator can pick up this book, flip to a chapter, and easily find helpful answers to the questions they are likely to have about what schools can do to prevent suicide.