Another aspect of support in the high school is our Learning Support team: Jessica Prohias Gardiner and Jonathan Segal; not pictured: Jerry Cascio.
Throughout the school, advisors, teachers, and these teams are here to ensure both academic success as well as health and well-being during students’ four years of high school. Please be in touch–we are all here to partner with you as you help your student navigate their high school years.
The mental health team will be facilitating Signs of Suicide Prevention lessons to students, faculty, and families throughout the month of April.
The program's goals are to decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing student knowledge and adaptive attitudes about depression, encouraging personal help-seeking or help-seeking on behalf of a friend, reducing the stigma of mental illness, and engaging families and faculty in prevention through education.
Students learn to identify warning signs of suicide and depression through videos and guided discussion questions. The main message to students is to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, and Tell) when worried about themselves or their peers. At the end of the lesson, students complete a screening for depression, allowing the mental health team to support students in need.
At least one family member is required to attend one of the Signs of Suicide Prevention lessons on zoom. Please attend the training on either April 13th from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. or April 13th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students will receive another version of the lesson in their advisories at the end of the month.
Please reach out to Joanne Sciarrone, School Counselor, and Ty Beauchamp, School Psychologist, with any questions or concerns.