Money should be spent on suicide prevention for kids - Metro US

Money should be spent on suicide prevention for kids

Re: Social workers, not cops, should be in schools (June 12)

I would like to thank John Sewell for his insightful views on the need to invest the $2 million currently spent on having police officers in schools instead of preventative strategies, such as social workers and school supports.

I would also like to see it invested in developing a peer support program that helps prevent suicide among young people in schools; a much bigger killer in our schools than homicide.

Consider this: Suicide is the second biggest killer of young people between the ages of 15-24 in Canada, behind only traffic accidents.

Two million dollars could go a long way to safeguarding our children through education and support.

Let’s focus where we can get the greatest impact, through a comprehensive suicide prevention project.

Our children’s lives depend on it.

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