According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry “Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds, and the sixth leading cause of death for 5-to-14-year-olds.” Teen suicide is a serious issue which demands a serious, intentional, and compassionate response from the church of Jesus Christ.
In order to address this issue the Buchanan Christian Church Youth Group is hosting a Gatekeepers Teen Suicide Prevention Program on Wednesday April 11 and Thursday April 12. The Gatekeeper Program “is a nationally reviewed and recognized Best Practice Registry-designated school-based Youth Suicide Prevention Education Program designated by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.”
“The primary goal of the Gatekeeper Program is to increase the likelihood that young people, who are often the first to know when a friend has a problem, know how to respond to and get help for a friend or peer in crisis. The Gatekeeper Program provides education about mental health, stress, and coping skills in a manner that reduces stigma and encourages help-seeking behaviors, in addition to promoting the development of healthy coping and communication skills. Students will learn what a crisis looks like (warning signs of suicide), how to react, and how to get help for someone in crisis (refer to a trusted adult). The Gatekeeper program gives students tools to help them make safe and healthy choices, and also helps them identify personal resources that they can turn to when they or someone they know needs help.”
Parents and grandparents, suicide is an issue which affects almost every teen either directly or indirectly. Therefore we strongly encourage you to send your teen(s) to the Gatekeepers Program at BCC next week, even if they are not regularly involved in the BCC Youth Group. The program will be 5:30 to 7:30 pm on the 11th and 12th, and dinner will be provided for the students each evening.