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Wisconsin Schools To Receive Suicide Prevention Tool Kits

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Suicide Prevention Tool Kits

State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster and Department of Health and Family Services Secretary Kevin R. Hayden announced plans to distribute 100 new 'Middle-School Signs of Suicide' prevention tool kits this fall as part of ongoing efforts to prevent youth suicide. According to Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10-19 year olds in Wisconsin.

'Education, intervention and treatment are keys to preventing suicides,' said State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster. 'The more we know, the better we are able to help students and families in need.'

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'Suicide is a serious issue in Wisconsin and we lose a young person each week to such a tragedy,' stated Kevin R. Hayden, Department of Health and Family Services Secretary. 'To combat this epidemic, we are pleased to once again be collaborating with DPI to increase awareness about suicide and mental illness.'

The Department of Public Instruction will receive $30,000 this year from the Department of Health and Family Services through the Mental Health Block Grant to support school-based youth suicide prevention efforts. DPI and DHFS have a long-standing partnership in suicide prevention programming.

Girls are more likely than boys to report feeling sad and hopeless and to consider suicide according to state and national surveys. About one in three high school girls reported feeling sad and hopeless almost every day for more than two weeks in the past year, according to the 2007 Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey. One in five girls seriously considered attempting suicide. Boys in Wisconsin complete suicide four times more often than girls.

If you know, your child is going through a difficult time, having problems in school, or having relationship problems with friends, ask them how they are feeling. Suicide prevention is possible but you must know the warning signs. If your child displays suicide warning signs, contact a local mental health care professional. The mental health care professional will offer prevention and intervention resources.
Warning signs to watch out for include: