What CCSD students want you to know about suicide prevention
Cherry Creek School District community,
September is National Suicide Prevention Month and our students have something important to say about how we can work together to save lives.
Students from every high school in the Cherry Creek School District have come together to produce an extraordinary video now available on our website. It’s a film tailored to parents and guardians that’s designed to inform, educate and take the stigma out of discussions about mental health, isolation and suicide. I encourage you all to watch this film and use it to spark your own conversations with your loved ones about these subjects.
Cherry Creek Schools has a long history of commitment to meeting the mental health needs of our students. We’ve hired two district-level mental health directors, who will work with six new mental health coordinators at the feeder level to serve the entire community. Mental health professionals and nurses continue to be available in every single CCSD building. We’re expanding our Signs of Suicide program, which has been in place at the secondary level for more than a decade. Building student strength is an important part of our prevention efforts as well; we’ve implemented a K-8 curriculum that helps develop students’ social-emotional skills. Sources of Strength, a student-led program focused on creating positive and supportive school environments, is now in place in all of our high schools, and CCSD students, staff and community members also have access to the Safe2Tell reporting line as a secure, anonymous way to report any safety concerns.
But these measures are only part of the solution. This is a community-wide issue and it requires a community-wide solution. I encourage you to visit the Suicide Prevention section of our website to familiarize yourself with all of our resources. I urge you to take part in these important conversations with those closest to you, whether they’re your friends, family members or professional peers.
More than ever, we need to create a united voice of understanding, compassion and strength. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of every single one of our students.
Scott A. Siegfried, Ph.D.