Suicide Prevention Month Activities

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Suicide is the third most common cause of death among young people. We must do everything we can to prevent it. Check out these ideas for activities you can use during a suicide prevention month.

Suicide Prevention Month Activities

Suicide is a major problem among young people that needs to be acknowledged and dealt with. It remains the third most common cause of death for people between 10 and 25 years of age. We need to acknowledge the severity of this trend, and do anything we can to prevent it. One way that schools can highlight this important issue is by taking part in a suicide prevention month. There are many semi-official months that are selected by organizations, however the school is free to choose their own. During the month, students can take part in various activities, both fun and educational, to help raise awareness and take action for the better. In this lesson, we'll go through a few possible activities for such a month.

Mindfulness Classes

Mindfulness classes can be a big help to students in many ways, and a byproduct is that they may reduce the prevalence of suicide. Mindfulness involves a kind of meditation activity, where people focus on their awareness of the moment, and try to observe their environment and mental state more carefully. Students acknowledge their feelings, thoughts, and sensations in a more detached way, instead of moving quickly through life without being in the moment.

Stand Together Photo Challenge

A big part of preventing suicide is to build a sense of community. A community that is focused on the risk of suicide, is one that may include less bullying, more intervention, less potential suicide cases, and more love and acceptance among students. One activity that can help with this is a ''stand together'' challenge. This can be a photo challenge, where students upload photos of themselves putting their hands on their hearts, or making a heart-shape with their hands in front of their chest. This represents the students showing love to those who are feeling pain, and standing together with their fellow community members.

For another version of this challenge, have students wear badges with a heart shape on them, and then hold hands creating a giant chain weaving across the whole school, including every single student and teacher. Although it is rather sappy, you can even find or write a song about standing together and showing love to one another that students can sing during the event.

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