In October, Crisis Services of North Alabama, received $13,026 over two years ($6,513 annually) to provide suicide prevention education to approximately 1,800 students and staff in Limestone County Schools. The training will help students and staff to:
- Understand the myths and facts about suicide;
- Know the warning signs of suicide;
- Learn how to ask someone if they are thinking about suicide;
- Increase their ability to engage in active listening, ask clarifying questions, and make appropriate referrals for someone who is thinking about suicide.
The long-term goal of the program is to reduce instances of teen suicide by providing students and teachers with the resources to talk about, identify, and help those contemplating suicide. As suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people, we’re hopeful CSNA’s efforts will reduce suicide ideation and attempts for students in Limestone County and encourage individuals to seek help when needed.