The Mental Health Association in association with the Ministry of Health partnered to conduct the third annual Mental Health Conference which was held on September 1st and 2nd, 2011 at the Belize Institute of Management (BIM) offices in Belize City.
During its opening ceremony on Friday, the Ministry of Health launched a suicide resource pamphlet entitled “Suicide Risk Guidelines: A Resource for Teachers.”
The pamphlet will serve as a resource tool to assist teachers confronted with this preventable disorder. The information in the pamphlet highlights some of the factors that may indicate that a student is at risk of committing suicide, it also guides them in asking specific questions to determine if a student is at risk and it also provides information on what teachers can do if a student expresses suicidal signs.
The Mental Health Program of the Ministry of Health is assisting teachers in this instance because they are seen as one of the main partners, aside from parents, that have a major influence on adolescence. The pamphlet is also one of the activities that falls within the Ministry of Health’s Mental Health Operational Plan of Action to decrease the rate of attempted suicides among adolescents.
The Suicide Risk Guidelines was produced in association with the Mental Health Association of Belize and supported by the Ministry of Education.
For More Information contact:
Dr. Claudina Cayetano
Mental Health Program
Ministry of Health