With Hope Suicide Prevention Assembly: Never Promise to Keep This Secret

With Hope Suicide Prevention Assembly: Never Promise to Keep This Secret



Since May is a suicide prevention month. Bernardo Yorba Middle School held a suicide prevention assembly on Monday, May 16th, presented by With Hope foundation.

With Hope Foundation is “ dedicated to suicide prevention through improving mental health awareness and education in our schools and throughout our community.” 

Patti Ferraro, the director of speaking and training from the With Hope Team, displayed the presentation. Since 2005, she has been helping to inform and notify the students of Bernardo of the dangers and signs of suicide and how to recognize them. 

The major focus of the presentation was to educate students about suicide, how to prevent it, how to recognize the signs and steps evolving into suicide, and who to reach out to. The presentation lasted about 40 minutes and took place during the 1st period. 

When asked about her thoughts on the presentation, Fernanda Perez, 8th grader, said, “I learned that it’s ok to call someone or a number to try to help your friend since it’s better to have a friend that’s alive than a friend that’s dead” She also  thought that the assembly was a bit rushed but was well performed.

BYMS student Zoey Hsu also mentioned, “I thought the assembly was going pretty seriously and that it was very informative.”

The Amber Craig Memorial Foundation gave students a pamphlet a presentation paperthat showed the signs and warnings about suicide, and a business card that gave a list of resources for people experiencing/knowing someone with depression or thinking about suicide. The motto on all the resources was “Remember, if you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges or is in crisis, confidential, aim support and help is a phone call away.” 

Mrs. Callaway, BYMS counseler, mentioned, “…In the 13 years of experience I’ve had as a counselor in schools I cannot think of a single time where a friendship was ruined over reporting thoughts of suicide.  The best thing you can do, regardless of the outcome, is to seek support from a trusted adult either at school or at home.” 


Resources for Help:

  • National Suicide prevention lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255); Website: suicidepreventionlifeline.org
  • (In Spanish) Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454; Website: prevencion delsuicidio.org
  • Crisis Text Line: “Text HELLO to 741741” Free, 24/7, Confidential.
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255. (Press ‘1’)
  • The Trevor Project For Young LHBTQ Lives Crisis Hotline: 1-866-488-7386
  • SAMHSA (Substance Use Referral & Treatment Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)