- Alameda Co. Office of Education
- Alameda County Education News
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
ACOE acknowledges September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and stands committed to reducing the stigma around the pervasive issue of suicide.
Rates of suicide have increased in recent decades, and suicide has become one of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Starting with the 2019-20 school year, California law requires the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to be printed on ID cards for students in 7th through 12th grade in public, private and charter schools. This lifesaving information is provided to increase access to suicide prevention information and crisis support.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is free and confidential, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for English and access to interpreters in over 150 languages, 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish, and 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) for TTY.
The California Department of Education compiles further resources on its Youth Suicide Prevention webpage.
Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
Livermore High School is participating in the country’s expanded teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) pilot program for the 2019-20 school year. This year more than 460 sophomores will receive training that is the first of its kind developed for high school students in the United States.
tMHFA is an in-person training designed for high school students to learn about mental illnesses and addictions, particularly how to identify and respond to a developing mental health or substance use problem among their peers. Similar to CPR, students learn a 5-step action plan to help their friends who may be facing a mental health problem or crisis, such as suicide.
The course specifically highlights the important step of involving a responsible and trusted adult. To ensure additional support for students taking the training, Livermore High School has also trained over 20 percent of its school staff in Mental Health First Aid for Adults Working with Young People.