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Yellow Ribbon Walk For Life: Preventing Teen Suicide

November 1, 2011

Yellow Ribbon Walk for Life

Yellow Ribbon Pledges


“Always be open to anyone at anytime”

“I will listen to what others have to say”

“I will ask for help when needed”

“I will say ‘hi’ to at least one new person each day”

“I will be more of a leader”

“I will be a good friend and not judge people”


These are just a few of the pledges created by middle school students who participated in the Yellow Ribbon Walk For Life at Ramona High School Track last week.  Vista Hill’s SmartCare and Learning Assistance Center Programs partnered together with a Reflections Booth at the event. We asked students who stopped by our booth to be more aware of the issue of suicide in teens, and then to make a pledge either to themselves or to others as a preventative measure against teen suicide. Hundreds of students and community members came out to walk in support of this event, and over a hundred made an individual pledge.

The students picked up Yellow Ribbon literature that highlights warning signs and risk factors, as well as teaches Vital Skills, such as STAY, LISTEN and GET HELP.   Yellow Ribbon is dedicated to preventing youth suicide and attempts by “making suicide prevention accessible to everyone and removing barriers to help by empowering communities and individuals through leadership, awareness and education and by collaborating and partnering with support networks to save lives”. This organization provides Yellow Ribbon cards with the Suicide Prevention Hotlinenumber 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which youth can carry in their wallets. As most of us are aware, suicide is the third highest cause of death for youth in our country. And we have seen these numbers increase along with the increase of cyber-bullying.Teens who feel connected are less likely to commit suicide; if they are depressed, they are more likely to ask for help. 

Preventative events such as the Yellow Ribbon Walk for Life are dedicated to increase awareness, reduce stigma, and encourage youth to reach out to each other and to adults for support.   Please contact us with your additional thoughts and ideas for prevention Wellness Activities and Events.  

Here are some additional pledges:

“I will be open when I need help”

“I will be more aware and serious about the topic”

I will be kind to everyone”

“I will be a better person”

“I will treat others the way I want to be treated”

 

Personal Pledges

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