March 22, 2018
The following is my weekly letter to the Bishop Chatard HS parent community:
To our Bishop Chatard parent community:
We face a sobering reality that the number of suicides among teenagers has steadily increased in the state of Indiana since 2007. The situation is such that the Department of Education is requiring that all teachers and administrators be trained in suicide prevention beginning in the 2018-19 school year.
Thanks to Social Worker Becky Wilde, and Principal Joe Hansen, Bishop Chatard is getting ahead of the requirement by engaging our staff in this training now. It will be completed in two sessions, the first having taken place this past Monday morning, the second on this upcoming Monday. The presenter is Carlabeth Mathias, MS, LCSW, LMHC from Mathias Counseling and Consulting.
I thought it might be helpful to share the information we received and discussed in those sessions. Informing you is yet another step we can take to help our youth.
The suicide prevention training is called QPR. This is an acronym for Question…Persuade…Refer. Continue reading