National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to come together and share stories in an effort to shed light on a taboo and stigmatized topic. We can use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal thoughts to treatment services. Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition.
Suicide is the tenth leading course of death in the US
Each year 44,965 Americans die by suicide
For every suicide 25 people attempt suicide
Suicide costs the US $6 billion annually
Based on the 2015 Youth Risk Behaviors Survey, 8.6 percent of youth in grades 9-12 reported that they had made at least one suicide attempt in the past 12 months. Approximately 2.8 percent reported making a suicide attempt that required treatment by a doctor or nurse. Being able to identify the early warning signs in these at-risk students, before a situation escalates, is essential.
how does Impero Education Pro help detect at-risk students?
“Impero Education Pro has helped open our eyes to a lot of things students spend their time searching for. It’s given visibility of online dangers we couldn’t easily identify before, such as bullying, self-harm and suicide patterns. We do a lot of the monitoring in our department and we’ve set certain keywords as severe (which trigger a notification), and we look at these on a daily basis. If we come across something like self-harm or suicide, it’s not what we want to see, but it makes all our work and time implementing the software well worth it. When an issue is detected, we pass this capture to the counselor to see if it’s legitimate e.g. a student searching a suicide hotline. The counsellor can get an understanding of why the student has searched that, where they can notify a parent and talk to the student before a situation escalates. Capturing just one incident that prevents suicide is worth the cost of the product.” – Jason Brown, Technology Coordinator & Marcus Davis, Instructional Technology l Pottsboro Independent School District
“We’ve also been using the online safety features to monitor our students. Although we don’t look at the captures daily, if something catches our eye we’ll call it up, see what’s been captured, whether that be bullying or another online danger, which we’ll then pass onto the relevant teacher or principal to follow up as necessary. For things like suicide, it’s great to be able to capture on that, we can identify vulnerable students and intervene before a situation escalates.” – Cathy Holder, Technology Coordinator & Tammy Harvey, Computer Tech l Genoa Central School District
“Our middle school is using the internet safety functionality the most – they’re fantastic at responding to the alerts. Creating a new policy, my counterpart, myself, the Assistant Principal and the Principal all receive alerts for every suicide and self-harm keyword detected. The capture give us a rough idea if the content is of concern and, at this point, the relevant staff member will sit down with each student and talk to them about the concern. We’ve had 3 instances where we’ve identify at-risk students, and we’ve been able to get them the help and support they need before anything has worsened. It’s a really big feature for us.” – Steve Pickett, Network Technician l Spencerport Central School District l Click here to see why simple blocking isn’t the answer to online safety.
how does Impero Education Pro work?
Offering the world’s most comprehensive keyword detection libraries, Impero partners with charities and specialist organizations including IWF, SafeBAE and Harmless to detect online dangers such as, suicide, self-harm, bullying, sexual assault, see our full keyword library list here.
Alongside keyword detection, Impero’s online safety functionality includes real-time monitoring, incident captures and an activity log that flags up potentially harmful or inappropriate behavior, where teachers can intervene, offer counter-narratives, and safeguard educators as necessary – watch Chloe’s story to learn how Impero can help students safe from online dangers.
Our online safety functionality provides teachers, administrators and counselors with contextual insight into a pupil’s online activity, using intelligent algorithms to identify when keywords, phrases, abbreviations or acronyms are typed anywhere on the network – along with a full, clear definition of what keyword has been detected. With a full log of student’s activity, including screenshots or video recordings, user name, the application, the date and time, educators can respond to an incident before it may escalate further and help vulnerable students keep safe online. Click here to see how this works.
Learn how Impero Education Pro can support student safety at your school/district by attending a webinar.