Dear Daphne Middle School Students, Parents/Guardians, and Staff:
Signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley on May 10, 2016, the Jason Flatt Act requires all K-12 public school employees and volunteers to receive annual training on suicide awareness and prevention. In addition to this annual training, the Act also requires all K-12 public schools to establish a policy, student curriculum, and a list of resources for suicide prevention services. In addition, as outlined in Board Policy #990, which is the Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Policy, all students in grades K-12 are to be provided with the curriculum and resources necessary to participate in programs in an effort to prevent student suicide.
DMS Breaks the Silence
After attending the Suicide Prevention and Awareness Community Night “Shatter the Silence” a group of students asked to present the information they learned to their classmates. We will be holding a student lead assembly entitled “DMS Breaks the Silence” on Wednesday, October 10 from 9:22 until 10:22. Topics include: parent pressure, self esteem, discrimination, coping strategies, depression, bullying, anxiety, and stress. In addition we will introduce the DMS Peer Helpers. Parents are welcome to attend, please come in through the front of the school and sign in with the office staff.
Lifelines Suicide Prevention
Katherine Rogers will be presenting the Lifelines Suicide Prevention Program to students in 7th grade Skills and Strategies classes on October 9, 16, 23, and 30th . Through four sessions, students are taught how to recognize when a friend may be suicidal, how to help a friend, and where to find help. The primary objective of this program is to help everyone in the school community recognize when a student is at potential risk for suicide and to understand how and where to access help. (8th graders will participate in the program in the spring after the completion of their Career Prep classes.)
Out of the Darkness Walk
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Community Walk will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Registration starts at 1 pm and the walk is from 2:45 until 4 pm. Students and their families are welcome to participate as part of the DMS Peer Helper team. You can register online for the walk now.
We can never do enough to protect the lives of our students and the ones we love. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school counselor.
7th grade- Alicia Ray email@example.com
8th grade- Amanda Blake firstname.lastname@example.org
You are also welcome to view the website at www.bcbe.org under the Counseling/Intervention Department for a bevy of suicide prevention resources that may assist you with your efforts for learning the warning signs and knowing general facts and statistics relative to suicide.
Thank you for your continued support.