The health and well-being of our students are top priorities. We strive to ensure all students feel heard, understood and valued. We care deeply about every single student which is why we believe it’s important to raise awareness and build understanding for suicide prevention.
In Iowa, suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens. According to the Iowa Youth Survey (2012) 13,772 students in grades 6,8, and 11, reported they have seriously thought about killing themselves in the past 12 months, and 7,415 of these developed a plan. For information about youth suicide warning signs and how to respond, please visit: Youth Suicide Warning Signs
Presentation by Dr. Jeff Kerber, Unity Point Health, shared with parents on March 29, 2016:
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In this 4-minute video produced by the Mayo Clinic, teens describe common signs of a young person who may be considering suicide and also provide tips on how parents can talk with their children about this topic. Please watch and share this video:
Resources—you are not alone
1) SAP – Student Assistance Program
All Urbandale students and their families have access to the student assistance program. You do not need a referral. You can call the number directly, let them know you are an Urbandale School family, and request assistance.
- No-cost assessment, referral and short-term counseling for students and their family members for issues such as stress, school concerns, family and other relationship concerns, substance use, self-esteem struggles, and any other concern affecting individual or family well-being.
- Telephone support 24 hours/day, every day of the year.
- Counseling provided in Spanish and English.
- Telephone support and scheduling: (515) 244-6090.
2) Michele Hamilton, Coordinator of Student, Family, and Community Services (CSFCS)
The CSFCS works for Urbandale Community Schools. Michele coordinates mental health services for children and families and connects families to needed resources in the community. To reach Michele, please call: 515-402-8538 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline website includes links to get help and learn more about suicide symptoms and prevention. There are instructions for access to the lifeline for hearing impaired individuals. There is also a chat feature. Call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
4) Your Life Iowa
Your Life Iowa is a 24 hour help line with text and chat capabilities. It provides suicide support, bullying support, and other resources for parents and students. It includes warning signs, risk factors, and how to support others.
You are not alone. Please reach out. We will help you get through this.
You are not alone.