What is AnnMarie's Law?
AnnMarie's Law requires the Illinois State Board of Education and local school boards to create policies ensuring that students receive age-appropriate lessons about youth suicide and prevention.
Each year the Valley View School District provides programming to address suicide and depression awareness and prevention in both the middle school (grade 7) and high school (during Health class). The SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention program is provided through the generosity and support of Elyssa’s Mission.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10-34 (CDC, 2014). Most deaths by suicide are preventable. Depression is the leading risk factor for suicide, yet sadly often the people closest are unaware of their child’s depression and suicidal thoughts.
This program provides a video about the signs of suicide and depression and the steps one can take if they believe a friend or loved one may be at risk. The program also has a Depression Screening Form and Response Form for students to complete and be followed up with by building clinicians if needed.
Provides online parent suicide prevention training
The foundation that helped to create AnnMarie’s Law. The website provides both local and national resources.
A support site for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender youth who are experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts.