Communication and Awareness
If a family member or friend is talking about or threatening to commit an act of violence toward others, community members must tell someone. Firearm suicide is also having a devastating impact on American youth. Over the past decade, the firearm suicide rate among young people has increased faster than among any other age group. One study showed that over 80 percent of children under the age of 18 who died by gun suicide used a gun belonging to a parent or relative. If you are in need of help or assistance, there are resources available, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24/7, for free and confidential phone support.
If you have further questions or need support, please do not hesitate to reach out to the LHS/VHHS Learning Support Teams (LST) or provide information through the District 128 “Bullying Incident Form.” As a community, it is our collective responsibility to ensure that Libertyville, Vernon Hills and the surrounding communities are safe places to learn, grow and prosper.