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Suicide Awareness and Prevention for Students

Suicide rarely happens without warning. As a peer, you may be in the best position to recognize when a friend might need help and help them get it. You may see signs in person, hear about them secondhand, or see them online in social media. Never ignore these signs. While suicide is typically associated with the pain of mental illness (in particular depression and associated feelings of helplessness and hopelessness), there are sometimes specific situations that trigger suicidal actions such as breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, failing in school, being bullied, or experiencing abuse, loss or other trauma. It is important to learn these warning signs and what to do if you see any of them in yourself or a friend. Suicide is preventable. By listening, talking, and acting, you could save a life.

Helping Children Cope with Loss, Death and Grief Tips for Teachers and Parents

When tragedy occurs in our community, we must come together to support our students and each other. The following information may help as you navigate task of supporting your loved ones to cope with their feeling about the events that have occurred this week. 

For immediate assistance:

  • 211 Helpline
  • Your child’s School Counseling Office
  • The Bridge Family Center: 860-521-8035

Learn more about the State Department of Education's new Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Special Education Data System (CT-SEDS) set to become effective July of 2022. 

Guide for Parents and Families

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