Teachers and administrators at Triadelphia Middle School addressed a very important topic this week with their students.
Counselor Betsy Jones and school-based mental health coordinator Jessica Osmianski organized suicide prevention training this week for the school’s students. They say the topic was addressed with students in each grade level on consecutive days. The program is the same one that was used at Wheeling Park High School, but it is the first time that the program has been introduced to students in an Ohio County Schools’ middle schools.
Jones said the program is called “Time to Act, SOS: Signs of Suicide.” She noted that she was pleased to invite Youth Services Systems Interventions Specialist Jamie Coen-Pickens to speak to the students over the course of the three-day training. Jones said she believes the students understand the serious nature of the training, and they understand that they have the ability to help a friend or classmate is who is dealing with personal hardship before a tragedy happens.
“We are asking students to Acknowledge, Care and Tell if they suspect there is a problem,” she said. “We want them to respond if they believe one of their friends is having trouble. I think they understand the level of importance here, and I believe this may take some pressure off of our students. This program lets them know that they have caring adults to turn to.”