School workers learn about resources to battle suicide


School health professionals are working to stop the second leading cause of death among young people: suicide.

Close to 300 school health workers in North Alabama met to address the issue Friday. A local child psychologist says one problem is that parents do not follow through with the advice school counselors give them. 

This year focused on providing resources to school workers for two big issues.

“This year they really wanted help with substance abuse and bullying so we are using that for two of our main speakers,” said Anna Manning, SPEAK Suicide Prevention coordinator for the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. “I hope that they’ll be able to use that information and make it work with their kids.”

The suicide rate is reportedly higher than average among young people in Alabama.

SPEAK can help people get in touch with resources. They also have an app anyone can download. Learn more about that in the “web extra” video below.

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