On Wednesday, January 15, 2020 all EHS students received a wristband that states, ‘You are Special, You are Loved, and Your Life Matters.’ These wristbands were provided to promote suicide prevention awareness within our school community and to ensure students know that the faculty and staff at Emmaus High School value them as individuals and care deeply about their well-being. Our hope is that members of our school community will wear this wristband to show their support for this important cause.
The following announcement was made on wristband distribution day:
Did you know that according to the Jason Foundation, there are approximately 3,000 suicide attempts per day by students in grades 9-12 in the United States? Sadly, these numbers continue to rise at an extremely alarming rate. There are too many young lives lost, largely because of not knowing how to get help.
The staff and faculty at Emmaus High School would like every student to know they matter. It is important to remember you are not alone and there’s always a place to turn.
The adults who you are surrounded by everyday understand high school can be challenging. Our teachers, along with other staff members, genuinely care about our well-being and want us to leave school knowing we are cared about. Never be afraid to reach out to an adult or a trusted friend because talking can go a long way.
When these announcements are over, your teacher will be handing out wristbands. Our hope is that the wristband will serve as a reminder that “You are special, you are loved, and your life matters.” You just never know who is going through a difficult time. By wearing this wristband, and reading those few simple, yet powerful words, you are reminding someone they are not alone.
This announcement was accompanied by this brief YouTube video.
PBS39 News segment-Emmaus High School Launches Suicide Prevention Initiative
If you or someone you care about is in crisis, text HELLO to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis. For more information regarding the crisis text line, please visit the crisis text line website.