Hi there Friend,
As a former public high school teacher, September means a lot to me. I always knew September was my chance to set us on a path to a successful school year. Now, at The Trevor Project, I’m still working on behalf of students, but September has new meaning.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. As I reflect on my time teaching, I’m reminded of how many young people are affected by suicide.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10–19 in the U.S. yet only 2 states have comprehensive suicide prevention policy laws that address the unique needs for LGBTQ youth in public schools.
That’s why The Trevor Project is helping schools this September, and how we can protect more students from suicide. We’re promoting an LGBTQ-inclusive Model District School Policy on Suicide Prevention that equips school districts to prevent, and respond to youth suicidal behavior, ensuring teachers and school staff have the tools and support they need.