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Tomball Independent School District

Grief and Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors.  This is of shartpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss or change.  Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or do.

Risk may be signaled by talking about:

  • Killing themselves
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Having no reason to live
  • Being a burden to others
  • Unbearable pain

Behaviors that may signal risk, especially if related to a painful event, loss or change:

  • Increased of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to end their lives, such as searching online for methods
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much for too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions

Where to Get Help

If you or someone you know is in immediate/eminent danger, you should call 911
The Harris Center for Mental Health- Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT)
713-2970- 7000 option 1 for the crisis line

Parent and Educator Resources

988 • 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 
Text any message to 988
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline fields calls 24/7 for anyone with suicidal thoughts or who are in crisis. They offer help for Spanish-speakers and anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing.  Their website also offers many resources to get help for yourself or someone you know.

Grief Information

What is grief?

  • Grief is a natural reaction to loss.
  • Each student’s grief experience is unique.
  • There are no “right” and “wrong” ways to grieve.
  • Every death is unique and will be experienced in different ways

Grief Support

Bo’s place exists to offer support and community to those who have experienced the death of a loved one.  They believe it is healing for grieving children and adults to share their stories, memories, experiences and feelings with those who can understand their journey.  They offer a free on-going support program for families in the greater Houston Area.
Information and Referral Line: (713) 942-8339
GriefShare- Grief recovery support groups that meet weekly throughout the Houston area.
Support group for families after losing a child.  Groups meet monthly.

Parent and Educator Resources

Information provided by the Coalition to Support Grieving Children 
Handouts with tips for parents and educators provided by NASP (National Association of School Psychologists
Guide by the Child Mind Institute on how to talk to children at different ages and stages of development.