In our state, an average of two young people under 25 die by suicide every week and as many as one out of five students have seriously considered suicide in the last year. About a third of Washington students report signs of depression within the last year. These problems have a greater impact among more vulnerable populations of students, such as those experiencing poverty, contact with the child welfare system, and identity-based discrimination. These issues have a serious impact on students and families in schools and communities across the state of Washington.
Vashon School District recognizes that the school plays a unique and important role in the prevention of youth suicide, violence, and substance abuse and in the identification and treatment of mental health disorders in our community. We offer these resources and other parent education resources as part of our commitment to be a full partner with parents in supporting the mental health of our students.