Mental Health and Wellness

Keeping children safe at school, home, and in community means supporting their emotional and mental well-being, in addition to gun safety policies.

Expanding Mental Health Services

 

Sandy Hook Promise Action Fund works to expand access to lifesaving mental health services and supports for students, including suicide prevention training and school-based care. Taking care of the whole child, both in physical safety and mental wellness, allows students to have supportive school environments and can reduce the risk of violence towards self or others.

Mental illness does not cause gun violence. In fact, we know that people living with mental illness are more likely to be victims of gun violence than perpetrators. Enhancing overall mental health support and services in schools and in communities can help students to lead healthy lives free from violence or self-harm.

Suicide Prevention

2/3 of all gun deaths are suicide, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people. Suicide is preventable when we train people to know the warning signs of suicide and how to get help for themselves or others.

Sandy Hook Promise’s suite of Know the Signs programs includes training students and teachers how to recognize signs of suicide, and signs of social isolation. Help support our latest federal initiative, the STANDUP Act, that will incentivize all states to train students in grades 6-12 in evidence-based suicide prevention programming each year.  Contact your representative and senator and ask them to cosponsor the STANDUP Act.

Help Prevent Suicide
Please take action to help pass the STANDUP act and prevent future Suicides and tragedies.
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