See Something? Say Something!

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Awareness Day - Sept 25th

When it comes to threats of violence or suicide, most are known by at least one other individual BEFORE the incident occurs. Given the growth of digital platforms, many are learning about threats via social media. Look for warning signs, signals and threats, especially in social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and to say something to a trusted adult to get help. 

It starts with a "Hello"

Teach children how to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another. 

Say Something

Not all activity is suspicious, use good and fair judgement. Learn how to recognize the signs, especially when an individual may be a threat to them self or others. Talking to the school counselor or principal is a good first step. Often they can give you ideas on how to address the situation and whether further help is needed. 

Some warning signs you shouldn't ignore

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Using substances
  • Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Unexplained injuries or bruises
  • Not interested in learning when they were interested before
  • Aggressive behavior towards siblings and friends
  • Losing things, consider someone could be taking them

Do Something

Hoping the signs will go away is how the problem spirals out of control. Parenting is hard, especially when you are balancing life between work and home. Consider creating a parent support group, where you can share and learn about being the parent you are proud of being.  

Know your options

Don't be silent, reach out - Help is there.

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