Signs of Suicide Program
Presented in Partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital
October 13, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Greetings! I hope this finds you well and enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of fall! I love the brisk, cool autumn air and the beautiful colors of the leaves as they change! October is a beautiful month, and as we are now in the middle of it, I wanted to let you know about a program that we will be offering to our freshmen class and students who are new to London High School later this month. The program is called Signs of Suicide, and it is a program that we offered last year at LHS, and it was well received.
Signs of Suicide is presented in partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The program is research-based and aims to combat the problem of youth suicide, which is the second leading cause of death among children aged 10 - 19 years. The idea of the program is to teach people to recognize the signs of suicide in others and then to have those who recognize the signs speak-up on behalf of the youth, or adult, who may be contemplating committing suicide.
Because this programming is so important, we trained all of our students last year. This year, we are providing training to our freshmen class, though they received training last year at London Middle School, and to our sophomore and junior students who are new to LHS this year. In the spring, we plan to offer a refresher course to all of our seniors that will help to equip them with more of an adult perspective.
The freshmen class will be trained in their World History classes on Monday, October 23rd and Tuesday, October 24th. Our new students in grades 10 and 11 will be trained the same days. An opt-out form was sent home with students on Friday, October 13th. If a parent/guardian would like to choose for their child to not participate in the programming, we are requesting that the form be returned no later than Monday, October 23rd. Students who do not participate in the training will be in study hall for those periods.
The health and well being of our students is a priority for us in the London City Schools; it is part of the ethic of care and concern we strive to provide for them. We know that if our students are not well emotionally, they won't be learning as much as they could be.
Additionally, this area of work is so important to Nationwide Children’s Hospital that they have established the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research (CSPR), which is a part of a new pavilion at NCH that is specifically for the purpose of assisting people with their mental/behavioral health.
Additionally, there will be a special training for parents, guardians, and caregivers on the evening of Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Canaan Middle School in Plain City from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. This training is for the parents and guardians of all students in the county. The purpose of the program is to acquaint parents, guardians, and caregivers with the program and to share with them the research and the warning signs so that they, too, are able to detect signs that may be an indication someone is considering taking their own life.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me by phone at (740) 852 – 5705, ext. 3024, or by e-mail at the following address: email@example.com.
Mr. Eisler, Principal
London High School