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Better Choices. Brighter Futures.                      September 2017
September is National Suicide Prevention Month
Kara Bennett
NAMI MN Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator and
YSB Guest Author
Suicide is a public health issue that is experienced to some degree within all demographics and age groups. It’s the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the US and the 2nd leading cause of death among young people aged 10-24.

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Suicidal thoughts, much like mental illnesses, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental illness. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal & often indicate more serious issues. Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends & family members to navigate the loss. In many cases, friends & families affected by a suicide loss (often called "suicide loss survivors") are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame & stigma prevent them from talking openly. September is a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention.
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Is School a Choice?
By: Mary Leadem Ticiu, Assistant Principal D834, YSB Guest Author
 School has begun and questions arise related to “What should I wear, who will be my friends, how many notebooks do I need, who will they assign as my teacher, and why do I really need to go to school?” These questions reflect excitement and, for some, anxiety. The experiences of the child’s past often lead them to question what the school year will bring. Questions pose a wonderful opportunity for parents and guardians to talk about the choices we all make. I would like to consider what it means when students choose – or rather “refuse” – to go to school. If this happens, families and friends have the responsibility to listen, explain ramifications in a meaningful way, and support what is the underlying unmet need in a non-punitive manner.

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