Suicide Awareness in Public High Schools, and Information to Help those in need.
To provide to public high schools and agencies that deal with middle and high school students, the tools needed to be aware of what to look for and information to provide to the parents/students on an as needed basis.
CrisisLink's Inaugural Charity Wine Tour on November 7th, 2010
I am hosting an event to support a Northern Virginia suicide non-profit. We are having a charity wine tour that is open to the public.
This event is sure to be a fun-filled day of wine & friends that will benefit CrisisLink whose mission is to bring immediate help, hope, and healing to empower individuals facing serious life challenges, suicidal thoughts, emotional or situational problems.
The day will begin by gathering at West Falls Church Metro Station at 9:30AM with bus departure at 10. The tour will visit Barrel Oak Winery, Miracle Valley Vineyard, and Philip Carter Winery of Virginia. The bus will return to West Falls Church Metro at approximately 3PM.
Patrons will receive 25 wine tastings and one souvenir glass. Bottle purchases at some locations will also help contribute to CrisisLink. Tickets are available for purchase today for $60! Please CLICK HERE (www.crisislink.org/winetour) for tickets. We can't wait to see you there!
Prevention of mental health and behavioral issues is vital, especially in the schools. I do not think this only applies to suicide awareness. I was glad to see SAMHSA initiatives to work with community stake-holders to do this by creating Prevention Prepared Communities. I live in Fairfax County in Northern Virginia. Though this is an affluent area with a lot of opportunity for children, too many tragedies involving public school students have occurred in recent years. Mentally ill students have gone on shooting sprees. Police have uncovered multiple drug rings with bases at local high schools. These children are now either dead or holding criminal records. News stories report that the deviant behaviors of these students often shock people around them. Too often not enough people notice deviant behavior. The average person has no expertise so at some level this is probably not avoidable. But I wonder what could be prevented if teachers, parents, community members, and even peers were better trained in noticing and dealing with students struggling emotionally. I hope that SAMHSA gets the needed resources and government and community support to implement some of these initiatives.
Cindee Goodspeed commented
This is an important issue. We need to get more people aware and make information available to students and their parents. Education is key and let's get this issue OUT OF THE DARKNESS!