Dear San Rafael City Schools Community,|
September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time when we can all learn more about playing a role in suicide prevention so we are more equipped to help prevent this tragedy with our youth. Several community-based partners throughout Marin have come together to build a safe and healthy community through awareness and education. Learn about their many planned events this month.
As a District, we have enhanced our mental health and wellness programs and services, including:
Suicide is a complex public health issue that can be prevented. Knowing the signs, where and how to access resources and eliminating the stigma of mental health needs are effective prevention strategies. If you or someone you know needs help, please know that you are not alone. Here are some resources:
- Wellness Centers at Davidson Middle School, San Rafael High School and Terra Linda High School are providing a layer of much-needed targeted support with a focus on prevention, intervention and postvention activities related to student physical health, mental health, reproductive health and substance use/abuse education. Thanks to the centers' mental health professionals on staff, our campuses are engaging in meaningful suicide awareness and prevention efforts.
- Family Centers at targeted elementary schools are thriving with SRCS staff to offer many integrated services to students and families, including on-site mental health support. Through the community schools model, we are also increasing our mental health networks with community-based organizations.
- Counseling staff that was added in the past few years at our elementary schools has been sustained to support the school counseling teams, community organizations and existing support systems to build and strengthen each school’s social-emotional learning program for all students. Furthermore, we have added bilingual counselors to several targeted schools.
Carmen Diaz Ghysels