THE WOODLANDS, TX – In conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Week, the Psychology Club at Woodlands Christian Academy invited Ms. Kim Hess, founder of local nonprofit Cassidy Joined for Hope, to speak to students from high school. Founded in 2016, Cassidy Joined for Hope focuses on teen suicide prevention by providing resources, support and education to schools and communities.
Using details from her own family tragedy, Ms Hess presented the startling facts and figures surrounding teenage suicide and encouraged the group to eliminate the stigma and break the silence surrounding the subject to help save lives. Students left with resources outlining ways to find and/or support people struggling with suicidal thoughts.
“I really want other students to know they’re not alone,” said TWCA senior and psychology club president Lily Jadlot, “the sanctity of life is so important – we need to be able to share our struggles. without fear of being judged.’
Lily and the other 30 members of the group organized different occasions throughout the week to shed some light on the subject, including a visit from Ms. Hess. Signs have been posted throughout the Micah University Center motivating students to ask for help, check in on loved ones, and lend their voices to the conversation. Students received wristbands with words of affirmation and uplifting phrases, and Bible class lessons that week reinforced God’s love for us in these times of darkness.
“We have a unique environment that gives us the ability to know everyone and love everyone,” Lily said. “I hope that with more opportunities to acknowledge and share our feelings, and to help each other through difficult times, we can help reduce teen suicides.”
Woodlands Christian offers a rigorous academic program with faith built into the curriculum and extracurricular activities, providing students with a unique college-preparatory experience. Classes are taught from a Christian worldview and students are reminded that their true hope is in Christ.