Kingsley Public School Teachers Learn Tools to Help Spot, Help Suicidal Students

Suicide is also a leading cause of death for young people and Tuesday night, Kingsley Schools wanted to equip teachers with the tools to spot kids who may need help.

More than 60 teachers attended training from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The teachers learned about risk factors and signs and symptoms of suicidal students. Through videos and reading materials, they also talked about creating safe, non-judgmental spaces to talk to their students and how to refer them to get more help.

It’s not easy to think about but the school realizes everyone needs to be talking about this.

“We’re giving people tangible tools with how to support their kids,” said Emily Ruby, a counselor at Kingsley Elementary. “This is a heavy topic and people struggle with knowing the right words to say or who to reach out to, so we’re hoping to put the right tools in people’s hands.”

Kingsley will screen The Ripple Effect documentary that details the life of a suicide survivor who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge. They’re hosting that movie on March 7 at 6:30 pm in the high school cafeteria.

The district will also host a suicide education seminar for parents on April 3. Dinner will be served, free of charge.

Both events are free and open to anyone interested.