Suicide is one of the toughest tragedies students, staff, and the school system has to face. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth 15-24 years of age and the 3rd leading cause for 10-14 year olds in the United States. On average, two Wake County students every year die by suicide. It has a lingering effect on a community. Just like it takes a village to raise a child, all of us have a role in trying to protect our students, our children.
Trained school staff work daily to prevent suicide by identifying and assisting students who show warning signs or risk factors, which can include depression, mental health concerns, or thoughts of suicide. WCPSS professionals screen identified students, notify parents/guardians, and connect them with community services when appropriate to address their needs. We watch, we listen, we understand, and we do it without judgement. We never want suicide to be the solution to a student’s problems. (This information, plus information about warning signs and resources, can be found on the WCPSS Suicide Prevention website.)