At Minnewaukan Public School there is a group that will help those who are thinking about suicide. This group is the Suicide Prevention Team and they welcome anyone above 7th grade to join. There is a student president on the team that has been there awhile. The team discusses the causes of suicide and how to get help for you and others. They talk about activities and what kind of posters to make for the hallways. The team puts motivational quotes on the high school side. The activities that were completed last year were pickle sales, sweatshirt sales, Halloween dress up contest, and radio ads were made by students and put on KDLR. The team also completed two hours of prevention training, shared our efforts with the Elders group from Spirit Lake Tribe, held the Parker Mudget Memorial Basketball Tournament, hosted a cookout, participated in a Knocker ball game and went to Norther Air in Grand Forks. The Suicide Prevention Team is helpful to those who need to help and those who want to help someone.
Recognizing the tell-tale signs of suicide and acting fast is an important way for anyone to save a life. Some of the signs are subtle while others are obvious and being able to see them can allow you to help the person who is contemplating the decision. Here is a list of many symptoms that you should look for if you suspect that someone is considering suicide: