Dear Ellwood City Community,
Our students continue to grieve the completed suicides in our community and our students continue to be affected by these tragedies. Members of our crisis team continue to be available to the students to provide support and help them cope. We assess those students who are at risk for suicide.
You will find information and resources about suicide below along with some talking points that can be helpful to you in discussing this issue with your teen. PLEASE TALK WITH THEM.
Help Is Available
If there are concerns about a student’s emotional or mental health, a referral should be made to an appropriate mental health professional for assessment, diagnosis, and possible treatment. Mental health resources that may be available include the following:
- School-based mental health professionals
-Counselors in each school building
- Community mental health providers and clinics
– Human Service Center Crisis Line
- Emergency psychiatric screening centers
– UPMC Jameson Hospital, Sharon Regional Health System, Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, Belmont Pines Hospital, Clarion Psychiatric Center, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
- Children’s mobile response programs Pediatricians and primary care providers can also be a source of mental health referrals. Many of them are also well versed in recognizing and treating certain mental health conditions like depression.
A crisis line is a service that provides free, confidential support and resources for people in emotional distress. The service is provided by a trained crisis counselor on the phone and in some cases by text and/or chat. You can call or text for help with someone you’re worried about or for yourself. In addition to the resources listed below, some states have their own crisis lines with phone, text, and/or chat services.
For urgent assistance immediately contact 911.
If you need immediate assistance, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “PA” to 741741 or Human Services Center Crisis Line at 724-652-9000.
Please do not hesitate to call your child’s counselor if you have questions or concerns.