Should suicide and self-harm be discussed in schools?

  • It's a major thing

    It would make sense for schools to explain why it's wrong particularly seeing as many cite school as the reason or part of the reason they did/do it. They got many into that mess they should try to get them out. Every person who dies is exactly that: a human being. When you factor in how many religions don't believe good things happen to their souls after it becomes even more important because if they're right it's not good.

  • Of course it should be discussed in schools.

    As teenagers in high school, it is the prime time for students and such to begin feeling the pressure from others. As a teenager who is currently dealing with the loss of a dear friend due to suicide, trying to help the majority of my friend group deal with their suicidal thoughts and sometimes actions, and as a depressed and anxious person myself, I feel this topic should be discussed more. If there were an assembly in such schools that have loved ones of actual victims or those who attempted or feel like they should attempt, students are more likely to recognize how suicide affects people all around them. They may not know it, but the girl or boy smiling happily in the hallways could be having a debate internally on whether their life is worth it or not. If these kids knew that they had a place to go to, a place where they could freely speak about what they're feeling without being pushed away or a place where their feelings matter, they could ultimately decide not to take their life or have a blade kiss their skin.

  • Hell yeah it should

    As a freshman in high school who is currently going through a relapse this needs to be discussed. People need to know that the happiest person can self harm! Im a generally happy person but look at me i self harm and talking helps more than people realize. I mean who cares about math when my life is in danger from myself

  • Get rid of stigma

    I believe schools need to talk aboutsuicide/depression/self-harm. There is so much stigma attached to it that if it were brought up anywhere else, no one would know how to properly address it. Plus, kids who feel that way, me being one, are too scared to bring it up or say anything because everyone is afraid of the word suicide. I feel like they need to be educated by someone who goes through it. My school does extravagant things that have no coorelation to helping destroy the stigma or raise awareness.

  • Suicide, self harm, and mental health in general should be talked about in schools in order for student safety, warmth, and acceptance.

    Did you know that suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US? Or that it's increasing as the years go on? In my very own state, it's the third leading cause among other states. As a teenager and a primary source, it's true to say that my peers don't feel comfortable talking to adults (such as counselors) because they feel like they don't understand. Many of my friends will confide in me, but I am not qualified for providing therapy. They need to feel comfortable to talk to someone qualified, and the more and more I experience life, the more I see how people hide their pain--that even some of the most idyllic people are struggling in silence. I firmly believe it's because suicide, depression, and mental illness--whether it be temporary or long term, or for whatever cause for these negative feelings--are stigmatized. I understand, it's a heavy issue, but if it's so heavy--a weight that brings people down, why not make it light? Why not make talking about it easier? Those rates just might go down. It's best that we talk about it in school so that in the future, if one must come across such feelings, or a person in need of support because of those feelings, they'll know what to do and they won't feel afraid of asking for help because it'll already be instilled in them. Talking about it won't make things worse, but not talking about it will allow things to fester. People feel helpless and hopeless, and suicide occurs left and right. I mean, look what happened this year? So many were in agony to see the headlines spread the word about Chester Bennington's death, right on the birth day of Chris Cornell--a dear friend who previously had committed suicide. Many feel that the world doesn't care or, again, understands. Why not show them otherwise? Why not care if another light goes out?

  • Yes, its very important

    The reason i say yes is because kids need to know what to look out for kids can use what they learned for signs to look at other kids can go into deep deppresion which makes it hard for them it could make them want to self harm or even kill thenmselfs

  • I wanted to commit

    Had someone talked to me about suicide beforehand at school I probably wouldn't have tried to commit or even thought about it knowing that I had other options. I get that the topic is a downer, but it is something that students need to be aware about, so that if any of their peers have been talking about it or acting stranger than usual they can tell an adult or talk to them about other options.

  • I say it should.

    It'll be an interesting to talk about,plus we get the chance to help ones in need,i know we could talk to our parents about this but not all parents are "chill" some would ignore what you're saying and simply say "you're just saying that to get attention", what if your parents are the reason you're self harming. Some parents stress,abuse and cause kids to be unhappy, some kids just feel more safe talking to a teacher than their own parents. Suicide is a serious topic,why do people avoid talking about it?,why do schools treat depression like a broken pencil rather than a broken leg? You can't just replace depression with happiness, why send kids with self harm scars home?Maybe home is the reason why they have them, why can't they just talk to us about it and ask what's wrong?
    Why are self harmers shunned instead of helped?
    "attention seeker","oh you're just looking for attention","attention whore" is that really how you all see people who self harm?
    I believe this is a good topic to be talked about,it doesn't need to be a class it could be an assembly,a one day discussion, all that really matters is to help the people who surround us.

  • Yes it should be discussed!

    Teens with suicidal thoughts, intentions and self-harmers need to be acknowledged. They need to know that they are not alone and can get help if it is offered! Plus, this being discussed, could help lower the rates of suicide. Lots of kids are having these symptoms, why do we not try to help them through it instead of ignoring their problems and going on with our lives? Schools should help this student because this could be affecting their school work which is putting a bad reputation of the schools and teachers. Adults and peers need to know what warning signs to look for. Also, discussing this problem, can help change the intentions of the self-harmers and suicidal teens.

  • Yes it should definitely

    I definitely think that this should be talked about in schools because it could save loads of lives.I know from personal experience that if my friend who committed suicide at age 11 had been properly educated about this then maybe she would be here today nobody should have to feel alone x

  • No, suicide and self-harm should not be considered part of the general subject matter in schools

    Suicide and self-harm should not be considered part of the general subject matter in schools. Including such subject matter as a general part of schools' curriculum would seem to place a lot of responsibility of the children in the hands of school officials. Such subject matter would seem to be more appropriately discussed between a parent or parents and a child. Yes, school officials spend a significant portion of time with students, something to be kept in mind. However, where does the line end at school officials educating children and raising them.

  • Not to 11/ 12 year olds!

    It’s just became apparent that my 12 year old daughter has started cutting herself. Only 6 mths ago she was at junior school and was thriving. She got taught about self harming at her new senior school and then started doing it. I’m 100% sure she would of never even thought about it or known about it before that lesson. As far as I see she has learnt a method of expressing herself and gaining attention from being taught this as she tells me she started doing it after learning about it! The schools are supposed to be safeguarding the children, not putting stupid ideas in their heads at such a young and impressionable age.

  • It's too heavy a topic.

    Suicide is a very heavy topic, and it should be left up to parents to talk to their children about. I wouldn't feel comfortable with just any homeroom teacher talking to my kids about suicide. In large classrooms like we have today, the topic would be brought up, brushed over, and leave kids more confused then ever! I also feel that introducing the idea of suicide might glorify it and make kids more likely to harm themselves.

  • Teens are assholes

    As a cutter myself, I understand the need for proper education on serious things like this. Notice I said proper education. I'm currently a seventh grade student. During drug and alcohol education, I looked around at the class and only about 10% cared about what was being said. A class on self harm and suicide would do nothing because barely anyone cares. All it would is shame the self harmers into harming themselves worse. Now maybe if a specific student had issues then teachers should discuss the issues to the class or to their friends but without any specific reason, they won't care.

  • We have better things to talk about!

    The reality in most schools is that the majority of students are healthy and 'normal'. Suicide remains a very rare event in the life of most schools. However, mental health difficulties are relatively more common. The key messages we need to be promoting relate to positive mental health interventions and help seeking. Rather than discussing suicide, let's discuss depression and anxiety; let's discuss how to help a school mate who is feeling down or having a tough time; let's discuss how to get access to counselling services; let's discuss online help for mental health problems; let's discuss how we can train staff better to recognize depressed students; let's discuss strengths and positive psychology; let's discuss positive coping strategies and good stress management; let's discuss effective anti-bullying practices; let's discuss really good drug and alcohol education; let's discuss helping kids cope with gender identity; let's discuss promoting positive parenting practices. By doing all these things, we are doing really good suicide and self -harm prevention but without the risk of inadvertently promoting what we don't want to promote. Of course, I fully recognise that in the relatively fewer schools where there is a significantly greater risk of suicide (ie, very low SES; large number of kids exposed to trauma; high percentage of kids with known mental health problems) there may be more of a need to more openly discuss suicide and self harm.

  • It could give kids ideas

    If self harm and suicide was mentioned in school then the kids who do self harm would get nervous , worried that they might check ask questions to everyone . And if suicide was mentioned and there was a kid that didn't know what to do and in school they started talking about suicide then they might do it . Talking about self harm and suicide should no be allowed UNLESS a student or staff has kill them self and has to explained what has happened they need to lay a smack down in bullying not self harm and suicide

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