Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among youth ages 15-19 in the United States and recently surpassed vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death among adolescents in middle school.
in Comal County
|Secondary Levels||Number of Students Receiving Program||Number of Students with Critical Responses||Percentage of Students with Critical Responses|
|Family Conflict||Personal Relationships||Academic Stress||Organic (Mental Health Issue)||Self-Image||Bullying||Family Illness/Death||Substance Abuse||Financial Stress|
Join concerned people, area non-profits, McKenna Foundation, and the New Braunfels Community Foundation in addressing this teen suicide crisis in Comal County. Donations to Lifeguards help fund suicide-prevention efforts such as Signs of Suicide, an evidence-based national program administered by Communities in Schools of South Central Texas, as well as professional counseling services for students with critical responses.
Signs of Suicide provides tools for adults and students to identify signs and symptoms of depression, suicidality, and self-injury in themselves and their peers and teaches students the importance of involving a caring adult in finding help for suicidal peers. This school-based mental health program is designed to help youth navigate the often difficult path of adolescence. Using a simple and easy-to-remember acronym, ACT (Acknowledge, Care, and Tell), students learn steps to take if they encounter a situation that requires help from a trusted adult.
Lifeguards exists to lower the number of teens experiencing depression, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts and actions. Will you be a Lifeguard? Join us.
Lifeguards is a group of citizens who are concerned about the dramatic rise of incidence of depression, suicide and attempted suicide, self-injury, stress, and anxiety in area teens. The goal of Lifeguards is to financially support suicide prevention related programs and counseling activities administered by local non-profit organizations.
A website provided by Mental Advocacy Partners offers local resources for getting help. Visit mapnb.com.
It will be deposited into a fund held with the New Braunfels Community Foundation. Donations will be invested until grants are approved for the distribution of funds.
A committee made up of Lifeguards donors and other citizens will accept requests for funds. The committee will meet periodically to assess the requests and make grants.
Non-profit organizations are the “boots on the ground” in the fight against teen suicide in Comal County. These organizations engage face to face with teens every day and are able to influence them to make positive choices. Funding from Lifeguards helps partners initiate and expand vital programs to help teens cope with challenges in their lives.