September is suicide prevention month. Our Grand Forks Public Schools and our community have suffered many tragedies, including loss of life due to suicide. We are greatly concerned for the safety and well-being of our youth and we need your help.
We would like to ask each of you to take five minutes to educate yourself about warning signs of depression/suicide and what to do if you become aware of a situation or a person needing help. Please visit stopasuicide.org and review the information under the following tabs: Learn to Act and Get Help. We do not have to wait until someone is suicidal to take action. Early intervention is the key to saving lives!
Also, please view the information about suicide prevention opportunities being offered in September. Grand Forks Public Schools in partnership with Altru/TEARS Suicide Prevention Project is encouraging your support of the following events: The Altru/TEARS “Walk to Remember, Walk to Support” on September 10th and the Sources of Strength Parent/Community Presentation on September 27th at 7 p.m. at the Red River High School Performance Hall.
Should you have any questions or concerns that you would like to further discuss, please contact your child’s school counselor. Help can also be accessed through the suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 as they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
Dr. Larry P. Nybladh, Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Jody Thompson, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning