Posted Date: 03/15/2021
Our community has shown an unbelievable amount of support by donating to the Hayden Simpson Suicide Prevention Fund. Greenbrier High School has carried out a plan for social and emotional skill development throughout the school year, but since the tragedy of suicide has impacted GHS and our community, a suicide prevention action plan is being developed and implemented daily. While over 28 GHS staff previously completed Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, an additional 8 GHS staff, along with 11 other staff from GJHS and GMS, were recently trained.
A leadership team is completing Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training this week, and soon after Mr. Barrentine will be trained as a safeTALK trainer for our schools and community. SafeTALK is a half-day workshop that trains participants to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to intervention resources, and this will be available to students, staff, and community members.
Guidance for this work has been provided by Dr. Tricia Benish, Director of Mental Health and Behavior Services, as well as members of the Governor’s Task Force for Suicide Prevention and Arkansas Chapter of American Suicide Prevention. Principal Travis Barrentine is leading stakeholder teams including students, parents, staff, and community members to make short and long-term plans for community-wide suicide awareness. One of the first efforts is to host the GHS Out of the Darkness Run/Walk on April 24th. This event will be an opportunity to build community among participants in raising awareness for suicide prevention, as we unite behind our goal of saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.
Based on the feedback from the teams, GHS also wants to help every student better understand who they are as individuals beyond their extracurricular activities and studies. GHS will invest some of the funds raised to help students discover their strengths through StandOut Strengths tools. We look forward to supporting our students through this and other collaboration, and we appreciate the support for a community-wide suicide prevention system.