FHS Yellow Ribbon Week Promotes Suicide Awareness, Prevention

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This September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and students at Fremd High School are participating in events to promote resources and awareness about the issue.

Yellow Ribbon Week at Fremd High School started on Sept. 6. Various activities are taking place during the week in Viking Advisory Mentoring Program (VAMP), health class, and throughout the hallways.

The goal of Yellow Ribbon Week is to support psychological and physical safety through increased awareness. The Fremd Student Services Department informed its staff that despite common fears about discussing suicide, research shows that having discussion decreases the risk and increases resiliency. Through various programs, students are encouraged to advocate and access resources for themselves and their friends if they are feeling suicidal. The programs also aim to remove barriers or obstacles for students seeking help.

During the week, lifeline cards will be distributed on Sept. 7 in VAMP and to the rest of the school population on Sept. 8 as part of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program. The lifeline cards serve as a voice for students when they do not have a way to say, “I need help.” Staff members will be promoting Yellow Ribbon awareness by wearing yellow on Sept. 8. Students are encouraged to give a staff member the card if they or someone they know needs help.

Health classes will be learning about the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) on Sept. 7, 8, and 9. Additionally the program More Than Sad will be taught during the week of Sept. 12 in VAMP. Freshmen students will learn about depression and what to do to get help.

During National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, all schools participate in various activities to help reach students in need. For more questions or more information about resources available to students, please contact your school’s Student Services Department.