Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week

By Mariecia Miller & Natalie Krafft

As many students at Tri-City Prep know, Prescott High School just lost two students to suicide about two weeks ago. Theses devastating events prompted teachers at TCP to take measures to prevent this from happening at this school.

The suicide prevention presentation will educate students about themselves and their friends. Its goal is to reach out to the students who are struggling with depression and need help.

“There’s a difference between [being] sad and depressed,” said Mr. Marman, school counselor. “Depression is long term and can last for weeks and months.”

Depression can be treated with therapy or medications. Tri-City wants its students to know that help is out there and that depression is preventable.

Students should also know that they can help friends who may be depressed or suicidal. A misconception that some people have is that mentioning concern about suicide to a struggling friend will plant the concept in their mind, if they had not previously been considering it.

“Not true!” says Marman. Openly discussing the issue can help identify the problem and lead to a solution.

Many people with depression refuse to talk about it with their parents. However, there is usually some adult in their life they feel comfortable telling, whether it is a teacher, a family friend, or another adult. Students can urge their peers to get help from these people if they need it.

“I think that the effect will vary largely depending on the student,” said Marman when asked about what he thought the student reaction would be to the week’s activities. “Loss of someone that is close to you will bring up the emotions during the talk. Most people at this age don’t have the experience of someone close to them dying. Everyone takes it in differently. But it will be tougher on those who have lost someone.”

On Wednesday, September 26th, teachers took a training session about the signs of depression and teachers will be facilitating their newfound knowledge this week for Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week through discussion groups and school-wide activities.

“This is something that impacts everyone,” Marman said. He says he has done this past and the outcomes have been good. Typically students will come to either him or the principal if they have a problem.

“The underlying message of this is care,” according to Marman. “We have to take care of each other.”

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