If you are having a crisis, here are some resources to help you:

Crisis Text Line U.S. Text "OREGON" to 741741
Crisis Text Line: US  texto con la palabra "AYUDA" to 741741
Crisis Text Line: US For those who are experiencing the trauma of racism text "Indigenous" to 741741
Native Crisis Text Line text "Native" to 741741
Deaf/Hard of Hearing text "TalkWithUs" to 66746
Lines for Life Text 4-10pm daily "teen2teen" to 839863
Spanish Speakers Text "Hablanos" to 66746
Trevor Project (LGBTQ) Text "START" to 678678

OSSCC believes that all youth deserve to feel safe and welcome in our schools and communities.

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September is Suicide Prevention Month & Celebrating Latine/x/a/o Heritage Month  

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In Oregon, 43% of gender-expansive students and 33% of students with marginalized sexual orientations reported seriously considering suicide in 2020. So while suicide crisis intervention and postvention services are vital to supporting students in need, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success Plan urges school districts to prioritize suicide, violence, and bullying prevention efforts for LGBTQ2SIA+ students. Studies show that suicide ideation reduces when LGBTQ2SIA+ youth have access to safer and more affirming spaces, policies, practices, educator training and resources, peer and family support, inclusive curricula, and instructional practices.

While we spend this month holding space for the challenges facing students this year, we encourage districts and schools to connect LGBTQ2SIA+ youth to sources of joy such as LGBTQ2SIA+ student clubs, all-gender restrooms, accepting and affirming friends, athletics and exercise, supportive teachers, art, music, and more. Below, please find a few resources below to support you during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month:

From September 15-October 15 we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. The terms Hispanic and Latine/x/a/o encompass a diverse and wide range of cultural, ethnic, and racial identities. While these terms should not be conflated, there are ways to honor the individual background of each historic event or figure in your classroom discussions to ensure specificity and respect, leaning on self-identification language of living figures and authors when available.
Districts and schools are encouraged to consider the below resources as you celebrate with Latine/x/a/o and LGBTQ2SIA+ students this month: