• suicide prevention
    Every student and every life is valuable. Suicide is ranked as the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24 (American Association of Suicidology). MISD's crisis intervention programs include early mental health intervention and suicide prevention.
    Lifeline Program
    The following information provides excerpts from MISD’s researched-based mental health intervention program, which is called Lifelines, from Hazelden Publishing. Lifelines maintains a 24 hour helpline at 1(800) 257-7810. More information can be found at www.hazelden.org/web/go/lifelines

    Why Talk About Suicide?


    • Third-leading cause of death in adolescents
    • Second-leading cause of death among college students
    • There are 50 to 200 attempts for every completion
    • Over 14% of high school students report suicidal thoughts
    • Every year, there are approximately 10 youth suicides for every 100,000 youth
    • Every day, there are approximately 11 youth suicides 
    Risk Factors:
    • Demographics
    • Psychiatric history
    • Drug/alcohol abuse
    • Previous suicide attempt
    • Family history of suicide
    • Exposure to another’s suicide
    • Experience of stressful life events
    • Personality factors
    • Access to means
    Warning Signs:
    • Suicide ideation
    • Substance use
    • Purposelessness
    • Anxiety
    • Feeling trapped
    • Hopelessness
    • Withdrawal
    • Anger
    • Recklessness
    • Mood changes

    Protective Factors that can help reduce these tendencies:


    • Personal, behavioral, or situational characteristics that contribute to resiliency and serve as a buffer against risk
    • Caring relationship with a trusted adult
    • Sense of connection or participation in school
    • Positive self-esteem and good coping skills
    • Access to care for emotional/physical problems, substance abuse
    • Cultural/religious beliefs that discourage suicide and promote self-preservation
    Additional Resources
    Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
    Focuses on resources for the competent school community

    Suicide Prevention Resource Center
    National resource

    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
    Printed materials & resources

    American Association of Suicidology
    Data, resources, links

    Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program
    Extensive resources and information on youth suicide

    Maine Teen Suicide Prevention
    Resources and information for teens
    Learn Pysch.org
    Parent Information  
    Purdue University Global
    Texas Department of State Health Services 
    Texas Suicide Prevention
    Texas Youth Suicide Prevention Project

    ASK App                                                                                       

    The ASK About Suicide to Save a Life app provides useful information to use as an educational resource as well as a crisis intervention resource for suicide prevention. 



    A Look Within

    In accordance with local policy FFB, MISD has implemented a program for early mental health intervention and suicide prevention for students, which includes training for staff on early warning signs and possible need for intervention. The program also has a curriculum component that is taught at the 8th grade level. Furthermore, policies and procedures have been established, as well as, a reporting system to intervene effectively. If you have concerns regarding your child, please contact your child’s counselor at school.
    Sharon Blanchard, Midway's Licensed Professional Counselor, serves as the district's liaison for the purpose of identifying students who may be in need of mental health intervention. Parents will be notified when their student is possibly in need for mental health intervention, and counseling options will be made available.

    According to the Carnegie Task Force on Education, “School systems are not responsible for meeting every need of their students, but when the need directly affects learning, the school must meet the challenge.” Therefore, MISD has a program that provides an effective initial response to potentially suicidal students and knows where to refer students for additional assistance.
    MISD 8th grade health classes have the following curriculum learning objectives:
    • To present relevant facts about suicide
    • To alert students to signs of suicide
      risk in peers and encourage serious responses
    • To outline ways to respond to troubled peers
    • To demonstrate positive attitudes about intervention and help-seeking behavior
    • To identify resources