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SADD Takes Steps to Raise Suicide Awareness

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by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor Sharpie markers hovered in the hands of students over a banner while they thoughtfully considered their responses to the question posed, “How Can You Support Someone Who Is Feeling Down?” Pathway’s SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) at Carteret High School took a multipronged approach to National Suicide Prevention Week/Month this year, with several activities that encouraged students to be more aware of the warning signs of suicide, and be supportive of people who may have suicidal feelings. Throughout lunch periods in the cafeteria on 9/11, nearly 100 students wrote on the banner their methods for raising other’s spirits. Some advice was simple and straightforward: “Be nice,” Give them a hug,” “Try to make them laugh,” “Love them for who they are,” “Be someone’s smile,” “Tell them, “You have a purpose.” Others offered these insights: “Every day is a new day,...

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