- Rye Neck Union Free Sch Dist
National Suicide Awareness Month Information
September 19, 2022
Dear Rye Neck Families,
September is set aside across the world for developing increased awareness around the topic of suicide. As a world, a nation, a community, and a school district, we continue to work to increase our awareness of the risks and frequency of this complex concern. We would like to share some important information with you to improve our community’s knowledge, to reduce fear about conversations around the topic of suicide, and begin to overcome a history of shame.
Members of our families and community are afflicted at higher levels than ever before with thoughts of self-injury and suicide. The CDC reports on its website: “Suicide rates increased 30% between 2000–2018, ... Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, with 45,979 deaths in 2020. This is about one death every 11 minutes. The number of people who think about or attempt suicide is even higher. In 2020, an estimated 12.2 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.2 million planned a suicide attempt, and 1.2 million attempted suicide.”
“Suicide affects all ages. In 2020, suicide was among the top 9 leading causes of death for people ages 10-64. Suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-14 and 25-34. Some groups have higher suicide rates than others…Young people who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual have higher rates of suicidal thoughts and behavior compared to their peers who identify as heterosexual.”
If you or someone you know are experiencing feelings of self-harm or thoughts related to suicide, we in the Rye Neck student supports are here for you; or you can call or text the new national number for support at the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988 from any phone or visit 988lifeline.org.
Through awareness and education, we can support each other and improve the outcomes for those suffering from thoughts about self-harm and for families who endure loss from suicide.
For emergencies always contact the local emergency services through 911 first.
If you would like to speak with the psychologist in your child’s school, please reach out to:
- Michelle Bowman Grades K-1
- Laura Finkelson Grade 2
- Vanessa Dioguardi Grades 3-5
- Elisa Barilli Grades 6-8
- Nicole Crispinelli Grades 9-12
- CDC: Suicide facts
- Counseling Today: Suicidality among children and adolescents
- NAMI: What You Need to Know About Youth Suicide
- NAMI: Risk of Suicide
- NASP: Preventing Youth Suicide
- NASP: Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents and Educators
- 988 Lifeline: Prevention
Rye Neck Schools Office of Special Services