If you are not already aware of the Jed Foundation and its work, consider this an introduction.
“The Jed Foundation (JED) is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, giving them the skills and support they need to thrive today and tomorrow.”
Their Mental Health Resource Center offers a wealth of information to support teens and young adults. To subscribe to their newsletters, just scroll to the bottom of the Resource Center page.
Opening up about mental health is the theme of one of their newsletters sent out during Mental Health Awareness Month. Please take a few minutes to check it out. You’ll be glad you did.
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.