Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month — a time to raise awareness.  Our goal is to help ensure the IUSD community has access to information and resources for discussing suicide prevention, knowing the signs and how to seek help.  Please know that you are not alone, you matter and there is help.  We are here to support you, so speak up, we care.  Visit iusd.org/CrisisResources to learn more.

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.  If immediate assistance is needed, call 911.

Additional Resources Include:

  • For information about warning signs and additional resources, visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suicide prevention page at samhsa.org/suicide or iusd.org/SuicidePrevention.
  • Irvine Family Resource Center offers short-term, solution-focused individual and family therapy, resource linkage and referrals, and parent education/support groups to IUSD families K-12.  Call 949- 936-7502 or email christineguerrero@iusd.org for more information.
  • Say Something Anonymous Reporting System enables students to seek support anonymously for themselves or for friends. Three ways to use the system are:
    • 1-844-5-SAYNOW or
    • 1-844-572-9669
    • saysomething.net
    • Mobil App- available for free on the App Store for IOS and Google Play for Android   
  • Care Solace provides mental health concierge services to connect families to outside mental health and wellness resources.  Visit caresolace.com/iusd for more information.

***(If immediate assistance is needed, do not wait for a response from these IUSD resources.  For emergencies, call 911.)***

  • Orange County Suicide Prevention/Crisis Line - Confidential 24-hour telephone counseling to individuals contemplating, threatening, or attempting suicide.  Call (877) 7-CRISIS or (877-727-4747)
  • The OC Warm Line - Non-crisis, caring support for anyone struggling with emotional/mental health challenges.  Call (877) 910-WARM or (877-910-9276).
  • 211 & OC Links Information & Referral Services - Free 24hr information and referral line linking to thousands of local health and human service programs in the OC.  Call 2-1-1, (855) OC-LINKS or (888-625-4657)

In addition to providing these and other resources, IUSD middle and high school counselors have been sharing resources and information with students, while making information available to families through weekly school communications and social media.  Please take a moment to review these resources that provide information about knowing the signs, managing stress, developing coping skills, fostering healthy habits, cultivating a growth mindset and more.