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Amarillo ISD Trains Counselors to Handle Depression

Anna Isom, Texas Panhandle Mental Health Mental Retardation Anna Isom, Texas Panhandle Mental Health Mental Retardation
Jared Davis, Elementary School Counselor Jared Davis, Elementary School Counselor
Teresa Kenedy, AISD Prevention Specialist Teresa Kenedy, AISD Prevention Specialist

In order to keep students safe, the Amarillo School District is taking action to train counselors and administrators to handle suicidal students.

Today's classes opened the eyes to several counselors, because depression and suicidal risks don't discriminate based on age.

For the first time in several years, and the first time for many of these Amarillo School District employees, they learned the essentials to suicide prevention.

"The focus today is just on the signs or risk indicators of suicide," said Anna Isom, an instructor with Texas Panhandle Mental Health Mental Retardation.

"Then also just ways how to react with students or anybody else like that in that situation," said Jared Davis, an elementary school counselor.

The school district see's this as an essential program because prevention is the key to saving lives.

60 percent of suicide completers never speak with a professional.

"We wanted our counselors and administrators to know about different types of suicide warning signs," said Teresa Kenedy, the AISD Prevention Specialist.

Warning signs like a mood disorder, people diagnosed with major depression, alcohol or drugs, and isolation.

And experts say suicide occurs in all economic, social and ethnic boundaries and most importantly across all ages.

"Our young people are faced with stresses just like anybody else is," said Isom.

"Even the younger populations there's going to be things they have to deal with in those times when they're feeling down. they just feel like there's no other way out," said Davis. 

The basis for today's training is a program called QPR.

Question, persuade, and refer.

If you ask a question, you can find out how someone feels, ask them to get help, and possibly save a life... Today.

The Texas Panhandle Mental Health Mental Retardation will teach classes at your community event too, just contact Anna Isom at 351-3348 or anna.isom@tpmhmr.org

You can seek treatment by calling the Pavilion Access Line at 354-1810 or the Amarillo Area Crisis Line at 359-6699

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