Mental Health

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):

* 20% of people between the ages of 13 and 18 live with a mental health condition
* 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14
* 90% of people who die by suicide had an underlying mental illness
* 8-10 years is the average delay between onset of symptoms and intervention

 There are many resources for kids and adults with mental health concerns, including,, and Your child can also find help at school by talking to a trusted adult, seeing a school counselor, or anonymously reporting a concern to, which will send the report to school administration, school safety personnel, and law enforcement.

Other District 51 mental health resources include:
  • A Crisis Intervention Team responds to a school impacted by the death of a student or staff member or any other crisis. The group brings extra counselors that remain at impacted schools as long as needed and enlists administrative staff to help. 
  • Numerous schools host grief groups organized by HopeWest.
  • A growing number of D51 schools have Sources of Strength, which is a year-round, peer-led program featuring activities aimed at combatting bullying and suicide.
  • Riding the Waves teaches all District 51 fifth-graders about building healthy emotional skills to help combat suicidal ideation early.
  • Signs of Suicide, a suicide prevention and depression awareness program, is offered twice a year in all middle and high school grades.

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  • A student-organized Kindness is Contagious Week takes place in all District 51 high schools during a week in February, encouraging students to be kind, talk about mental health and suicide prevention, and promote anti-bullying behaviors
  • Suicide prevention posters, which include information about how to contact someone when you or a friend is in crisis, in all middle and high school bathroom stalls, hallways, and counseling offices.
  • Suicide prevention training for all staff members who have contact with students. Hundreds of teachers also have been trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid, an eight-hour “gatekeeper” training.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers a presentation about mental health and suicide called Ending the Silence to small groups in some schools.
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