As administrators, teachers and support staff (educators), you have the unparalleled opportunity to influence the ones who will lead the way of the future. You see students for their potential and strive to help them reach it. Educators are in a unique position to have a direct impact on their students. Your work can leave an indelible mark that lasts a lifetime.
We can all help prevent suicide.
When a student dies by suicide, we struggle just as much as the students. As an educator, you have to face the empty desk, bewildered students, shock and sadness.
Many students in crisis will seem detached. Remind them, “Life is a wonderful gift”. What makes you unique is your willingness to be who you are and stand out from the crowd.
There are many reasons why people get depressed or anxious. A student may be one of those people always laughing on the outside but feeling different on the inside.
Depression is real. Never let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life. There is hope for every situation. Anxiety may take the form of excessive worry or impulsive behavior.
The wounds suicide leaves in the lives of those left behind are deep and forever lasting. As a caring educator, you matter. You are important. Have courage and never give up!
Most important, care for yourself. If you are feeling depressed or have suicidal thoughts, “Just Say Something”. You are not alone, there is help. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255.
EASE would like to salute educators and thank you for all your hard work. Keep up your efforts to identify and refer students at risk.
As a reminder, it is important for educators to take the time to cope with your own feelings. EASE is free and available to you 24/7 by calling 1-800-882-1341.