As part of National Suicide Prevention Month, the week of September 8-14 is recognized as Suicide Prevention Week and Tuesday, September 10, as World Suicide Prevention Day.
According to the latest reports from the National Center for Health Statistics, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and ranks as the second leading cause of death for 15 to 34-year-olds.
“Although we need to focus on suicide prevention every day of the year, September gives special attention to the work that is being done to turn the devastating statistics around,” said Eric Dool, Director of Student Services at Loveland Schools. “Hope Squad at Loveland is now preparing to kick off a new year of activities to raise awareness of the help that is available for students who are struggling.”
Through a partnership with the Cincinnati nonprofit Grant Us Hope, the district officially launched Hope Squad in February at Loveland High School and Middle School, and the first “Junior” Hope Squad in the state at Loveland Intermediate School, after several months of training and preparation. The program uses faculty advisors and trusted peers to identify students at risk of suicidal ideation – the thinking about, considering and planning of suicide - and ultimately, to save lives. Through inspirational messages, school-wide activities, and sharing facts via school announcements and video, Hope Squad spreads awareness of mental health issues and helps connect fellow students in need with critical resources.
The school district has a range of resources available for both students and parents. In addition to Hope Squad, referrals can be made to The Children’s Home of Cincinnati to assist with therapy, medication and case management. School counselors and psychologists are also available to help. For questions, please reach out to Eric Dool at [email protected]