Lifeguards: a fund for rescuing teens
In 2016-2017, there were seven adolescent suicides in Comal County. On March 26, join can help save lives by donating to Lifeguards: a fund for rescuing teens during Big Give 2020, a 24-hour giving day that helps meet the needs of our community.
Lifeguards helps fund much-needed mental health services in our community to help save the lives of our teens. Lifeguards is a group of concerned citizens and organizations who are concerned about the dramatic rise of incidences of depression, suicide and attempted suicide, self-injury, stress, and anxiety in area teens. The goal of Lifeguards is to financially support suicide prevention related programs and counseling activities administered by local nonprofit organizations.
Suicide-prevention efforts such as Signs of Suicide and professional counseling services have been implemented in Comal County school districts. Signs of Suicide, an evidence-based national program administered by Communities in Schools of South Central Texas, provides tools for adults and students to identify signs and symptoms of depression, suicidality, and self-injury in themselves and their peers and teaches students the importance of involving a caring adult in finding help for suicidal peers.
This school-based mental health program is designed to help youth navigate the often-difficult path of adolescence. Using a simple and easy-to-remember acronym, ACT (Acknowledge, Care, and Tell), students learn steps to take if they encounter a situation that requires help from a trusted adult.
In a 2017-2018 Suicide Prevention assessment of more than 5,200 students in Comal County, nearly 800 were critical response – students who self-reported that they had seriously considered suicide in the past year. Factors contributing to critical responses included family conflict (47%); personal relationships (16%); academic stress (12%); mental health issues (12%); self image (11%); bullying (10%); family illness/death (9%); substance abuse (3%); and financial stress (2%).
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among youth ages 15-19 in the United States and recently surpassed vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death among adolescents in middle school. By asking the questions, giving teens the language they need to talk about mental health, and learning the difference between sadness and depression, Signs of Suicide is helping identify kids ahead of time and get them the help they need.
Our teens are drowning in stress, anxiety and depression. Will you be a Lifeguard? Join us and help save lives by donating to Lifeguards on March 26 during Big Give. #BigGive2020