Culture of Caring

Trauma Breaks Hearts

When I think of childhood trauma, I look through the lens of an educator. I wonder what horrible experiences children have endured. Some cause learning difficulties, others create behavioral challenges, and many lead to suicidal thoughts.  I believe it’s essential to know as much as possible about a child’s history in order to help them succeed in school.

But what if it’s the school that causes the trauma? Consider the plight of children and families torn apart by the very system that we would expect to protect, nurture, and support them.

We Wish to Call You by Your Name allows you to step into someone else’s shoes and reflect on countless broken hearts. Sometimes we can’t even imagine what that extreme trauma was like.

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.

Theodora Schiro