Mr. Perricone beautifully navigated this sensitive topic of preventing suicide with students. He unwittingly made every student in the auditorium feel as if he were speaking directly to them as individuals and reinforced that they are enough and that they are loved. He equipped students with tools to see the warning signs and strategies to help those who are contemplating. Many students came forward after the assembly to offer thanks and tell their story of how they will use their pain for purpose. It takes a special person to be able to broach this subject with our youth. I wouldn’t want anyone else but Mr. Perricone to deliver this message.
Belle Fourche School District 9-1
This is a new program that I’m offering in response to requests from administrators across the country. This sensitive subject was an integral part of my curriculum over the span of my career, and I’ve literally lost count of how many of my former students have written or called me (sometimes thirty years after the fact) to tell me that they had used what they had learned in class as a bridge between a person who was contemplating ending their life and those who were trained to professionally help them.
What To Expect:
- program for 6th-12th grade students and staff: one hour and fifteen minutes
- exploration of the magnitude and scope of this health crisis
- impact of suicide on family and others
- warning signs including those that may not be obvious
- strategies for helping those contemplating suicide
Flyer for Suicide Prevention Address