Suicide Prevention

Acknowledge Care Tell

At Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District, we prioritize mental health and wellness for our students, staff, parents, and community members. We recognize the critical importance of suicide prevention and are committed to fostering an environment where every individual feels supported and valued.Recent statistics underscore the urgency of our mission. Suicide among teens and youth remains a pressing concern, with rates showing alarming trends. As such, our school based mental health profrossionals are dedicated to proactive measures that address mental health challenges head-on. 

Central to our approach is the implementation of universal screening through evidence-based programs like the Signs of Suicide curriculum. Through this curriculum, students are equipped with essential knowledge and skills to recognize warning signs, understand the importance of seeking help, and feel empowered to intervene when necessary.

Our district emphasizes the ACT approach: Acknowledge, Care, and Tell. By acknowledging the signs of distress in themselves or others, students learn to validate their feelings and seek assistance without stigma. We foster a culture of caring wherein individuals actively support one another and demonstrate empathy in times of need. Finally, we encourage open communication and emphasize the importance of telling a trusted adult when concerns arise, ensuring that no one faces mental health challenges alone. 

Examples of the ACT approach in action include students recognizing changes in behavior among their peers, demonstrating empathy by reaching out and offering support, and courageously speaking up to alert a trusted adult when they observe signs of distress. 

At Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District, our commitment to mental health and wellness extends beyond the classroom. We collaborate with parents, community organizations, and mental health professionals to provide comprehensive support systems that promote resilience and well-being for all. Together, we strive to create a safe and nurturing environment where every individual can thrive.

Signs of Suicide: English

Señales de Suicidio Español