This quarter in Health 9 we have been discussing mental health issues. Last 2 weeks we've been discussing mental illnesses, depression and suicide. It is important for these matters to be discussed in the open so that we can reduce the stigma that surrounds these topics. I have had students research various mental illnesses to have a better understanding of what they are and what they are not. We have also watched various TED talks related to this topics to get students thinking differently. In class we have had time to discuss and reflect on these topics both own our own and as a class.
Today in class we learned about the topic of suicide. While this can be an uncomfortable topic to cover it is an important one. "Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24" (Jason Foundation, 2016). It used to be believed that if we talked about suicide with students it would cause them to attempt it but the truth is that you don't give a suicidal person ideas by talking about suicide. The opposite is true -- bringing up the subject of suicide and discussing it openly is one of the most helpful things you can do.
If you would like to learn more about this topic yourself or talk to your child about this topic at home, I have provided a few resources for you to use to start this conversation.
Thank you for reading,