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Below are some resources for students to seek help or advice if they are in need of any mental health aid.

The Suicide Safer Home App
Offers practical tips for concerned parents and adult family caregivers for keeping families suicide safer. Available for iPhone and Android.

Travis County
Austin Integral Care http://www.integralcare.org
24-Hour Crisis Line and Mobile Outreach Team: 512-472-HELP (4357)
Intake Line: 512-472-HELP (4357)

Williamson County
Bluebonnet Trails Community Services http://bbtrails.org
24-Hour Crisis Line and Mobile Outreach Team: 1-800-841-1255
Intake Line: 1-844-309-6385

How to Report Suicidal Messages or Self-Harm
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for individuals ages 10-34 years old according to the CDC. We can all help fight those numbers by educating ourselves about the warning signs of suicide and knowing how to get help for someone who may be having suicidal feelings. There are many different risk factors that may cause a person to feel this way. Below are some warning signs that you should be aware of. It is not a complete list due to the fact each person is unique and may show different warning signs. If you witness any of the following or have a concern, please report it immediately! We know that you may witness some of these warning signs on the weekends, at night, or some other time when a school counselor may not available so we have provided instructions in the pages below for how to report something when you are not at school.

What to do if you hear or see something about a person wanting to harm themselves or if you have a concern based on any of the warning signs:
If you are at school, tell a counselor right away! Do not wait to tell us. The sooner we can help the individual, the better.
If it is during the school day, report the concern through Anonymous Alerts (only monitored DURING school hours). Remember to give us as many details as possible so we can act quickly.
If it is at night, on a weekend, during summer, or anytime you are not at school you should call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
You can also report self-harm and suicidal comments or photos on social media sites.

WHEN IN DOUBT REPORT IT TO SOMEONE.
Suicide Warning Signs

Talk
If a person talks about:
Being a burden to others
Feeling trapped
Experiencing unbearable pain
Having no reason to live
Killing themselves

Behavior
Specific things to look out for include:
Increased use of alcohol or drugs
Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
Acting recklessly
Withdrawing from activities
Isolating from family and friends
Sleeping too much or too little
Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
Giving away prized possessions
Extreme changes in behavior, whether positive or negative
Aggression

Mood
People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:
Depression
Loss of interest
Rage
Irritability
Humiliation
Anxiety

Students can always talk to a trusted adult, school counselor, teacher or parent.

 

You can also find these sources on Mrs. Hollander’s website.

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