CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Students and staff at two high schools in Clinton County are kicking-off Suicide Prevention Month.
Frankfort High school guidance counselor, Amy Hickson, says they wanted to create a community that watches out for one another.
"I think the most important thing we can do is to build relationships and connect with them. Let them know they're important to us," added Hickson.
Frankfort High School Principal, Cindy Long, says they wanted to show their students they are important to them in a unique way.
"Our awesome counselors had an idea to help share the message that kids matter to us at Frankfort High school,” said Long. “So, we wanted to use #UMATTERHERE,”
Clinton Prairie High School Guidance Counselor, Rebecca Johnson, says faculty and staff members created a video detailing why suicide is not an answer.
"We also sent out a PowerPoint for teachers to do in homeroom, that had some videos and what to do if you're feeling suicidal, what to do if your friend tells you they are feeling suicidal and steps that kids can follow to help themselves," said Johnson.
Johnson said she typically sees students upfront with how they feel, but that it's still common to see students wanting to hide their mental health.
"A lot of them deep down do want help and deep down do want to talk to somebody, but it's just getting over that initial fear and stigma and that's where the relationship with the kids help," added Johnson.
Johnson, says she wants all her students to know pain is temporary and she's always there to help through the healing process.
“Just talking about it reduces the stigma, statistically talking about it doesn't make people more likely to commit suicide,” stated Johnson. “So, just raising awareness and letting the kids know that it's okay to not be okay,”
Students are provided with resources that can help- but if it's an emergency to call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255