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Suicide Prevention Projects

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 can be prevented through education, community, and constant vigilance. Check out these ideas for suicide prevention projects and get your students involved today.

Suicide Prevention Projects

Suicide is now the third leading cause of death among young people, and is entirely preventable. To prevent suicide requires vigilance, education, and community effort. It means watching for warning signs, preventing bullying, and providing the help and support that people need. Here are some ideas for suicide prevention projects kids in your school can get involved in.

Stand Together Wall

One quite dramatic project students can work on creating is a stand together wall. This involves attaching things to a wall of the school, extending it as far as possible. Exactly what to include on the stand together wall can vary.

Students can add photos of people they care about who have experienced bullying - including adults in the family that experienced bullying when they were younger. Students can add photos of their friends and other people they love and care about. Students can attach heart-shaped pieces of paper in various colors, with positive inspirational messages written on them. Students can attach hand prints to the wall in a chain, symbolizing the student body holding hands and standing together. Students can also add articles and stories about people who have committed suicide across the country and world, and can even place candles and flowers at the base of the wall in memory of them.

You could choose to include one or two of these things, all of them by having different sections of the wall for different purposes, or by allowing students to place any of these things anywhere they like. Such a wall can grow over the course of a month until it takes up a large stretch of the school. The overall effect can be very dramatic by the end of the project. Students who are assigned to this project should be directly involved in creating the bare bones of the wall for their fellow students to build on.

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