In recognition of the fact that May is Mental Health Awareness month, and the fact that suicide is preventable when schools, parents, and students work together in partnership, please use this link to join us for a conversation about suicide prevention tonight, May 13 at 7pm.
The presentation will cover what we know about this leading cause of death, the most up-to-date research on prevention, and what we can all do to fight suicide. Participants will learn the common risk factors for suicide, how to spot the warning signs in others, and how to keep ourselves, our loved ones and those in our community safe.
We will also be sharing material related to identifying teen depression as well as tips for supporting mental health self-care for people of all ages. This presentation will be in cooperation with a local representative from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and members of the North Colonie mental health staff, who will share how the district can directly support student mental health.
We want to help answer your questions on mental and physical health and well-being, anxiety, depression, or any contributing factor to widespread emotional distress and increased risk of suicide. Submitting your questions ahead of tonight’s presentation will give us an opportunity to best meet your needs. Please take a moment to ask us a question, talk to us about your observations, or tell us what you are thinking. Use this form to submit your questions, ideas, and speak with us in confidence.
Albany County developed an app to use as a first line of defense to help identify signs of suicide. Tap this link to download the Albany County HOPE suicide awareness and prevention app.