Preview for Suicide Awareness Week

Maisie Bradley, public relations editor

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Suicide Awareness Week will be April 1 to April 5. Below is an outline of the week with information about what is happening each day. There are also resources and hotlines provided to the SAW Committee by the KHS Counseling Department.

Monday, April 1

Whiteboard Day: There will be small whiteboards outside the entrances to the school. They will have a prompt similar to “I stand for” and students will be able to write their answers and take pictures of themselves to share on social media. There will also be a large whiteboard with the same prompt in the commons so people can add to it and see what other people have said.

Chloe Hooker
Art by Chloe Hooker

Tuesday, April 2

Resource Day: Members of the SAW committee will be at tables at both ends of the school handing out mental health resources provided by CHADS, a

local mental health organization, and other organizations for the well-being of students. During and after Tuesday, there will also be a table set up during both lunches for students to grab additional resources throughout the week. The point of this day is to provide students with access to help if themselves or a friend may be struggling.

Wednesday, April 3

Ceremonial Walk: After school, students and staff members are welcome to gather by the flagpole outside the main office for our ceremonial walk around campus. Following the walk, a student band will perform and Pretzel Boys will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting CHADS. We encourage everyone who bought a SAW T-shirt to wear it on this day.

Thursday, April 4

Speaker Day: During homeroom, Mark Norwine will be speaking in Keating Theater. He is known around the country for speaking about mental health and suicide, and KHS is lucky to welcome him. You can find more information about Norwine’s work here.

Friday, April 5

Chalk Day: SAW members and volunteers will gather together before school to write statistics gathered from our student and teacher surveys around the school’s sidewalks. Our goal is to promote awareness and help educate the student body by spreading information and resources.

 

The KHS librarians have put together a selection of books with themes regarding mental health and illness for this week. Make sure to stop by the library to check them out.

Counselors will be available throughout the week to provide support. Below are hotline numbers if you or a friend needs additional support.