BG schools plan suicide awareness night


Bowling Green schools will hold a parent meeting April 29 to identity the signs of suicide.
Superintendent Francis Scruci made the announcement Thursday.
“The health and well-being of each and every student is the highest priority of the Bowling Green City
Schools,” he wrote in a letter to parents, citing the unexpected passing a sophomore Eric Baer earlier
this month.
“During these times, there are more questions than there are answers and events like this leave us
feeling concerned moving forward.”
The meeting is to share information that parents can use with their children to identify signs, how to
have the important conversations, and resources available.
The meeting will be held in the Performing Arts Center beginning at 6 p.m.
Mental health/suicide prevention specialists Noelle Duvall and Ann Huss will give a presentation on
helping parents identify the signs of depression and suicide, conversation starters with children,
resources available and an opportunity to ask questions.
The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions at the end.
Throughout the school year, the district has provided opportunities and resources for students, staff,
parents, and guardians and will continue to do so in the future, Scruci said.
Some of the events held this year that will continue in the future include: Mental Health Awareness
Night; signs of suicide for all ninth-graders; mental health awareness for all seventh-graders;
school-based mental health therapist through CRC; alcohol, drug, and other counselor through the ESC;
instruction in coping strategies, bullying, and conflict resolution in K-5; and K-12 Positive Behavior
Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
All faculty also are are trained on depression, suicide awareness, and child abuse.

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