If you or someone you know is struggling, text ACT to 741741 to contact the Crisis Text Line.
You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255.
Onslow County Schools has adopted the Signs of Suicide youth suicide prevetion program. It is designed for both middle and high school students and has five goals:
- Decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing student knowledge and adaptive attitudes about depression
- Encourage personal help-seeking and/or help-seeking on behalf of a friend
- Reduce the stigma of mental illness and acknowledge the importance of seeking help or treatment
- Engage parents and school staff as partners in prevention through “gatekeeper” education
- Encourage schools to develop community-based partnerships to support student mental health
Signs of Suicide teaches students how to identify the signs of depression and suicide in themselves and their peers. Through a video and guided discussions, students are encouraged to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) when worried about themselves or a friend.
Acknowledge that your friend has a problem and needs help
Care: Let your friend know you care about them
Tell: Tell a trusted adult
For more information, please visit www.mindwise.org/act