According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 to 24. More young people die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.
Haysville USD 261 believes that education is the key to prevention and that suicide prevention is everybody's business. When all students and adults in the community are committed to fighting the "Silent Epidemic" of youth suicide, we can make a difference. That is why COMCARE of Sedgwick County, in a collaborative partnership with Haysville USD 261 and 7 other school districts in and around Sedgwick County, has launched the #ZeroReasonsWhy Campaign. The teen-led storytelling and community mobilization campaign is focused on teen suicide prevention and mental health. It seeks to engage peer-to-peer conversations among key audiences of teens, parents, educators, and health professionals to reduce the stigma of mental health, build community support, and commit to education. To read more about the #ZeroReasonsWhy Campaign, click the button below.
If you or a someone you know is thinking about suicide, please contact one of the resources below. If you have an urgent need, please call 911. If you suspect a person of suicidal thoughts, get them to professional help immediately.