Waxahachie ISD offers resources, discussion strategies during National Suicide Prevention Month

dfwnewsa | September 8, 2022 | 0 | Midlothian , Waxahachie News

Chris Roark, croark@cherryroad.com

Waxahachie ISD is tapping into a national campaign to offer information about suicide prevention.

Throughout September, which is National Suicide Prevention Month, WISD is using its social media platforms to post weekly information from #BeThe1To, an organization that provides five steps on how to communicate with someone who may be suicidal.

Each week’s post will include one of five steps, along with an explanation of how and why it works. For example, the first week’s step was to be the one to ask someone if you suspect they may be considering suicide. This week’s step is being there for that person and listen to them.

This will be the first year WISD has promoted the campaign districtwide.

“Our WISD counseling department wants to spread the word about suicide prevention to help others learn that using these five steps can make an impact on someone’s life when they are in need,” said Ginger Robinson, director of educational support and counseling for WISD. “Having the tools to talk to someone who is contemplating suicide can be key to intervening to they know that suicide is the only way to escape from a mental health crisis.”

WISD is posting links to several resources such as 988lifeline.org for information and 24/7 support.

Robinson said in addition to listing the five steps WISD will also list resources and provide reliable online websites to support people looking for additional information to help advise someone in need. 

“We will also post video links to support someone in crisis and video links for those who are trying to offer assistance to family members or friends,” Robinson said.

In addition, WISD will team up with Next Step Community Solutions to host a suicide awareness and prevention presentation. The free event will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Global High School. Light snacks will be provided.

“We want everyone to have the opportunity to learn more about Mental Health issues surrounding our society, understand how suicide awareness can make a difference in saving someone’s life and to ask questions from Mental Health experts,” Robinson said.  

Robinson said these efforts are important in being proactive in supporting students and families for any crisis they may be facing.

“As district counselors, teachers, and administrators, we are all here to support our students,” Robinson said. “We also want to empower our families by having the tools they need to be proactive in their child’s life and to learn the signs of mental health issues, how to ask the right questions, and how to seek professional help when there is a need. 

“As a society we need to work together to destigmatize the aura surrounding Mental Health illnesses,” Robinson said. “That begins by educating everyone, do not be afraid to reach out to those in need and it is ok to ask questions. We want everyone to understand that what might seem like a difficult conversation, can be the very one thing to save someone’s life.” 

For more information on the organization go to bethe1to.com.

WISD’s social media platforms are located on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at Waxahachieisd.

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