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Depression Awareness

24 Hour Suicide Prevention Hotline


California Youth Crisis Line

Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as the statewide emergency response system for youth (ages 12-24) and families in ...more

Depression Awareness & Suicide Prevention

Program Description

The teen and young adult years are often a roller-coaster ride of emotions, with wide variations in mood.  Depression appears to be occurring more frequently and at a much earlier age than in the past, and suicide is the third leading cause of death for teenagers. Warning signs are too often  overlooked, and the opportunity to prevent these tragedies is lost.  To increase awareness of the signs of depression and suicide risk, Monte Vista High School counselors and school psychologists present the Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention Program annually to all ninth graders through their health classes.  The program helps students understand the connection between untreated mental illness and suicide, teaching them how to identify and respond to signs of depression and suicide. 


Beginning in January 2017, all eleventh graders at Monte Vista will have the opportunity to review and deepen their learning from the original ninth grade presentation. Our goal is that they will be better prepared to handle the stresses of junior and senior years, then make the emotional transition to life after high school. Students will be reminded of the signs of depression and suicide risk so that they can be proactive in their own lives and that of their peers when these issues arise. They will hear about handling crisis situations and accessing appropriate resources on college campuses and in their communities. This program, along with the ninth grade program, will be presented by school counselors at all of our district high schools.   

Non-Discrimination Statement

San Ramon Valley Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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