September Is Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention month. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-34. As Brownell Talbot hopes to foster a compassionate community of learners, it is our aim to educate and empower our students to check in with themselves and reach out to others in times of need. Over the next few weeks, Mrs. Tessin, Mrs. Beaner and Mrs. Vander Vorst will be handing out bendeez fidget toys to students in grades 5-12, which will serve as a tangible reminder to families to continue the conversation about suicide prevention and mental health at home. 

The bendeez have the suicide prevention lifeline number printed on it (800-273-8255) as well as the website to the Kim Foundation ( The Kim Foundation is a phenomenal local resource that BT has partnered with in the past to educate our community about suicide prevention. 

As a reminder, Brownell Talbot has a partnership with Arbor Family Counseling; students and family members of students are welcome to participate in the student assistance program.

  • Access this benefit by calling 402-330-0960 and identifying yourself as a Brownell Talbot parent of student or family member, or go to the Contact Us page on their website at

  • Five free sessions per problem/per year for students and family members.

  • An early intervention program designed to assist in finding solutions to problems before long-term consequences result.

  • A free, confidential service available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply call Arbor Family Counseling, at 402.330.0960, and identify yourself as being a Brownell Talbot parent.

  •  Assessments, referrals, and solution-focused coaching or consulting in the following areas:

    • Stress Management

    • Behavior Management

    • Drugs/Alcohol              

    • Anxiety

    • Depression                         

    • Work Issues

    • Wellness Issues                   

    • Relationships

    • Kids/Teens                         

    • Crisis Intervention

    • Family Problems                

    • Work/Life Referrals

    • Parenting                          

    • Grief

  • Cross Divisional

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