• Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention Program

    Program Description

    The teen years are often a roller-coaster ride of emotions, with this time being especially susceptible to wide variations in mood.  It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; depression appears to be occurring at a much earlier age, and the past decade has seen teen suicide rates double.  Suicide is the third leading cause of death for teenagers, and there are often warning signs that are overlooked to prevent these tragedies.  To increase awareness of the signs of depression and suicide risk, Briar Woods High School will be implementing the Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention Program during the school year to ninth graders who are enrolled in Health classes.  The Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention Program is a unique education strategy that alerts people to the signs of depression and suicide and empowers them to intervene.  This program uses video clips to present situations and to generate discussion about identifying and responding to signs of depression and suicide. The program will by facilitated by LCPS school psychologists, social workers/visiting teachers, and school guidance counselors.