In partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Howell High School with host a suicide prevention program for parents at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Howell High School Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center. “More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents” will help parents learn how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems. The program will also provide tips for parents on how to talk to their child about depression and various resources available for those affected by depression or other mental health conditions.
“Sadly, Howell has lost students to suicide, which is the second-leading cause of death for Michiganders between the ages of 15 and 34,” said Jason Schrock. “To remember those we have lost and hopefully prevent the loss of another Highlander, we have been working with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to offer programs to our students, parents, and staff. These programs bring the topic of depression, mental health, and suicide out of the darkness and provide tools for recognizing the signs of depression and mental health conditions.”
Earlier this year, all Howell High School students attended an assembly titled “More Than Sad: Teen Depression.” During the assembly, students learned how to recognize the signs of depression in themselves and their friends and various support options that are available. On, Friday, Dec. 7 all Howell high school and middle school teachers will attend “More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Teachers,” which will focus on how to recognize mental health conditions, the warning signs of suicide and steps they can take to help at-risk students.
“More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents” is open to the public and all parents and welcome. The Howell High School Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center is located at 1200 W. Grand River Ave., Howell.