• National Suicide Prevention Month 2023

    September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The theme for this year is “Share Hope Together for Suicide Prevention”.
    The act of sharing, whether that be sharing hope, stories, time, resources, or experiences, can serve as a powerful tool in suicide prevention. By sharing hope with one another and throughout our communities, we can work through pain and connect individuals to resources in times of crisis and before. Through sharing of experiences and stories we can connect with and inspire one another, assuring individuals with lived experience and who have lost someone to suicide that healing is possible. Sharing can create a sense of belonging while also reducing the weight of our burdens-allowing us to take action for suicide prevention together. All of us can Share Hope Together for Suicide Prevention!

    Resources for Suicide Prevention Month:

In preparation for Suicide Prevention Month, we are excited to share several tools with you that can be implemented with students.  The Suicide Prevention Week toolkit includes resources in English and Spanish, and many activities that can be done individually or as a group. View the Suicide Prevention Week 2023 toolkit here for activities such as a Crossword Puzzle, trivia game, social media posts, and more. Visit www.suicideispreventable.org for more information.


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    Suicide Prevention A Resource for Parents - Brochure Prevención del Suicidio Un recurso para padres Know the Signs Poster Know the Signs - Poster
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    Important Dates:

    September 10th – 16th, 2023 is Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. We encourage all to take part in the Daily Activity Challenge. Click here for an activity tip sheet to promote suicide prevention awareness. You can also visit Suicide Prevention Toolkit | Know the Signs (suicideispreventable.org) for additional resources/information. 

    Saturday, September 10th, 2023, is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is a time to remember those affected by suicide, to raise awareness, and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most. On the evening of September 10th at 8pm, show your support by lighting a candle near a window or on social media. For more information, visit WSPD - IASP.

    Your Friend, Avery
    Filmmakers: Miles Gardin & Yelena Reyes

    Take a moment to watch a video created by our very own LAUSD students from John F. Kennedy High School. This video was awarded 1st place in LA County in the 2023 Direction Change video contest.  


  • Know the Signs

  • Find the Words

  • Reach Out

  • Breathe

  • Resources

    If you want to talk - Teen Line Teenline: https://teenlineonline.org/

    Teens Helping Teens- Established in 1980, TEEN LINE is a nonprofit, community-based organization helping troubled teenagers address their problems. Their mission to provide personal teen-to-teen education and support before problems become a crisis, using a national hotline, current technologies and community outreach.

    Call (310) 855-HOPE or (800) TLC-TEEN (nationwide toll-free) from 6pm to 10pm PST.

    Text "TEEN" to 839863 between 6:00pm-9:00pm PST to speak with one of our teens

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

    Suicide Prevention Lifeline_988  Suicide and Crisis Lifeline  

    988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


    Suicide Prevention, Intervention, & Postvention

    Suicide can be prevented. Most of us have been touched by the tragedy of suicide. We may have lost someone close to us or been moved by the loss of someone we may have never met. Even if we knew the person was struggling, when a suicide happens, those left behind often experience deep shock. However, many people who find themselves in a suicide crisis can and do recover. Suicide can be prevented. You can help by taking the following actions outlined in the Know the Signs website (www.suicideispreventable.org).

      •  Know the Signs: Learn to recognize these warning signs and how to respond to them by visiting the Know the Signs website.
      •  Find the Words: If you are concerned about someone, ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide. The “Find the Words” section of the Know
         the Signs website suggests ways to start the conversation.
      •  Reach Out: You are not alone in this. Visit the Reach Out section of the Know the Signs website to identify where you can find help for your friend or
         loved one.

    Prevention Works. Many people who feel suicidal do not want to die. If they can get through the crisis, treatment works. There are programs and practices that have been specifically developed to support those who are in a suicide crisis. In an effort to address the needs of our school communities, School Mental Health (SMH) has established clinics and centers throughout the District to provide high quality, direct mental health services to students and families in conveniently located facilities. For referral forms and a list of the School Mental Health Wellness Networks and Clinics located throughout the District, visit https://www.lausd.org/Page/12124.

    I am worried about my child, what should I do?
    If you believe that your child is thinking about suicide, approach the situation by asking. Asking is the first step in saving a life and can let them know that you are here for them and will listen.

    If you need immediate help, call 911. For a psychiatric emergency, contact the Department of Mental Health 24-hours ACCESS Center at (800) 854-7771.



    Know the Signs Handouts

    To access BUL-2637.4 Suicide Prevention, Intervention & Postvention and all associated attachments, you must use your single sign-on to log into the eLibrary. Once logged in you will be able to access the documents. eLibrary can be found at https://my.lausd.net/webcenter/portal/LAUSD

    *Please note that Chrome and Firefox browsers work best.

    Emergency Resources
    Valley Coordinated Children’s Services – (818) 708-4500

    LA County Department of Mental Health & LAPD Mental Health Unit (MEU), including SMART – (213) 996-1300 and (213) 996-1334

    Crisis Lines
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24-hour hotline) – (800) 273-8255 and (800) 273-TALK

    California Youth Crisis Line (24-hours hotline, bilingual) – (800) 843-5200

    Trevor Project (24-hour hotline) (866) 4-U-TREVOR and (866) 488-7386

    Teen Line (6PM-10PM) – (800) 852-8336 and (800) TLC-TEEN

    Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian & Gays - (PFLAG) Helpline – (888) 735-2488

    LA County INFO Line – 211 - www.211.org

    LAUSD Resources
    Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) – (213) 625-6631

    School Mental Health – (213) 241-3841

  • Contact

    LaKisha Johnson, LCSW, M.A. Ed, PPSC
    E: lakisha.bridgewater@lausd.net

    333 S. Beaudry Ave. 29th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90017