Suicide PreventionMental Health America of Jackson County has recently added the suicide prevention program to our yearly agenda. It is aimed towards the high school student that faces an overwhelming amount of challenges in these developmental years.
Our young people today face an enormous amount of pressure to perform during their high school years. There are many demands on their time and energy levels. They are pushed to take on more and more responsibility as society pushes them to make adult choices. They face social pressures from a variety of sources; decisions are often made due to peer pressure. It can be an overwhelming time for some young adults.
Our suicide prevention program provides an 800 phone number where immediate assistance can be found. Literature and pencils are available to all area high schools that include this hotline information.
As we provide materials and make presentations as requested from area high schools, it is our intent that every high school student know that we understand the pressures they face and there is another way to find relief.
We want our youth to know that suicide is not an answer to your problems; there are people available to help you 24 hours a day.
If you are a high school counselor and would like to obtain more information on our suicide prevention program, please call our office.
If you are contemplating suicide, at any age, please immediately call this number for help: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).