**Urgent** Superintendent's Message to the Community
November 29, 2018
I am writing this letter with great sadness to inform you that one cf our Freshmen students took her life Monday evening. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to her family and friends.
All of the High School and Middle School students were made aware of the news of her death Tuesday morning. I have included a copy of the announcement that was read to many of them. Members of our counselor crisis team met with students individually and in groups this week and will be available to the students over the next days and weeks to help them cope with the death of their peer.
Suicide is a very complicated act. Although we may never know why individuals choose to end their life, we do know that suicide has multiple causes. In many cases, a mental health condition is part of it, but these conditions are treatable. It is really important if you or your child are not feeling well in any way to reach out for help. Suicide should not be an option.
Please contact the school office if you feel your child is in need of additional assistance. Note that children who are already vulnerable may be at greater risk due to exposure to the suicide of a peer. Additionally, we may contact you individually if we feel that your child is at a greater risk so that we can work together to support your child. If you or your child needs help right away, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1- 800-273-TALK (8255), call 911, or take your child to the emergency room here at St. Joe's or the nearest emergency room to your location.
I am including information about suicide and some talking points that can be helpful for you in discussing this issue with your student.
Please do not hesitate to call me or one of the counselors if you have questions or concerns.
Rex M. Weltz