Early Mental Health/Suicide Intervention
LISD Suicide Prevention Curriculum
House Bill 1386 focuses on Early Mental Health Intervention for all Texas secondary students. A primary component of this bill is youth suicide prevention. Best practices indicate a student education component should be included as a tool for suicide prevention.
Lewisville ISD has purchased Suicide Prevention Curriculum from Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSSP). The curriculum for high school students is H.E.L.P. (Helping Every Living Person).
Look Listen Link is the curriculum purchased for middle school students.
An overview of both programs can be accessed below. If you would like to see the complete curriculum, please contact your campus counselor for information. Each secondary student will receive a parent flyer for either HELP or LLL with information regarding the program and an opportunity OPT OUT of the program if the parent does not wish for their child to participate. Please return the form to the campus counseling department by the date indicated on the flyer if you DO NOT wish your child to participate.
Lewisville ISD will utilize a research-based classroom curriculum to increase awareness of teen depression and anxiety among middle school students. Our mission is to empower students to comfortably and confidently seek help for friends or themselves who may be depressed or suicidal.
Lewisville ISD envisions a district where our students are nurtured and supported, where stakeholders are aware of risk factors of suicide, and know how to actively seek help from accessible, effective school and community resources.
2013 Texas High School Student Suicide Statistics:
- Second leading cause of death in 15-24 age group
- Felt sad & hopeless: 28.3%
- Seriously contemplated suicide: 16.7%
- Made a plan about how they would attempt: 15.6%
- Made a suicide attempt: 10.1%
- Made an attempt that resulted in an injury that required doctor’s care: 3.5%
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Raising Resilient Children
"If risk factors increase the probability of negative outcomes for youths, then protective factors promote positive outcomes. Protective factors enhance resilience in youths by promoting healthy development and mitigating risk factors."
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations. For some people, however, anxiety can become excessive, and while the person suffering may realize it is excessive they may also have difficulty controlling it and it may negatively affect their day-to-day living. There are a wide variety of anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and specific phobias to name a few. Collectively they are among the most common mental disorders experienced by Americans. Source: National Institute of Mental Health
For additional resources, including Tips for Parents; The Teen Brain; School Refusal; and Anxiety Disorders at School, visit the Anxiety and Depression Association of America website.
Video: Nick News "Worried Sick: Living with Anxiety"
Resources for Parents:
- Protective Factors Against Suicide
- Protective Factors Against Suicide - Resilient Children
- Not My Kid: What Every Parent Should Know (17 minute video)
- How to Ask - Mayo Clinic Video (4 minutes)
- Preparing Your Child to Attend the Funeral of a Friend
- Helpful Advice for Parents
- Depression in Young Children
Resources for Students:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
- Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
- LISD - Teens Saving Teens English and Spanish
- A First Person Message for Teens
- Check out this helpful phone app from the Jason Foundation - "A Friend Asks"
- When a Friend Dies: Guidelines for Students