Do you know that the 2nd leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds in Missouri is suicide? Have you been asking yourself why there are so many youth suicides in the news of late? Do you want your schools to be a reactive school or a proactive school? Start by finding out if your state has passed the Jason Flatt’s Act. This act requires all teachers in your state to complete 2 hours of youth suicide and prevention training each year. Not just high school and middle school teachers…all teachers. 19 states have passed the act so far, but Missouri is not one of them. Some districts do not implement or require any kind of training for their teachers on prevention. You might be thinking that suicide will never and has never touched your family, but maybe..just maybe down the line your child will grow up and marry the love of their life to only find their beloved dead in their garage one Wednesday evening with a suicide bag wrapped around their head…and be traumatized for the rest of their life. It can happen. I saw every single warning sign in my late husband, but only in hindsight. He didn’t tell his family..he didn’t tell his friends..and he sure didn’t tell me. It is a “silent epidemic.” I highly encourage you to visit http://jasonfoundation.com. Click on the menu option How to Get Involved on the website and fill out the contact form letting the The Jason Foundation, Inc. -Youth Suicide Prevention and Awareness know that you need your state to pass the Jason Flatt’s Act.
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After my husband ended his life I was completely devastated and felt as if I was torn into pieces that could never be put back together. How could life go on? The emotional pain he ended was unknowingly passed onto me. I knew I needed help quickly. I joined a support group called SASS (Suicide Awareness Survivor Support) who supports the ones left behind after a loved one's suicide and also helps raise mental health awareness. I will never get over my husband's death, but I now know that I can get through it, thanks to SASS. I sweep nothing under the rug. By starting an open and honest conversation I hope to help break down the stigmas and start raising mental health awareness. Together we can stay above the rug! View all posts by abovetherug