Suicide Prevention

Last Updated: 1/3/2019 6:49 PM

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, there is help available. Preston School District personnel at all levels are certified in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). ASIST is an evidenced-based program developed in 1983 to provide caregivers effective skills to intervene with a person at risk of suicide. ASIST-trained personnel also know how to link the person at risk with long-term resources in the local community and region. Any students and patrons of Preston School District with concerns for themselves and/or others about suicide are encouraged to make contact with the following PSD ASIST-certified staff (listed by school): Franklin County High School – Marie Russom, Ken Gifford; Pioneer and Oakwood Elementary Schools – Janell Royle, Don Woodward; Preston High School – Belinda Taylor, Carrie Sanders, Brandon Ormond, Joyce Littlewood, Becky Crossley, Pandi Elison, Lynn Harris, Lee Adamson; Preston Junior High School – Ken Gifford, Stephanie Marlow, Jan McCarthy, Jodi Millburn, Kathy Erickson, Marla Jensen, Vicky Mather, and Austin Adamson. There are also several helpful suicide intervention resources on the Community Resources and Coping With Stress pages. There are links to these pages on the Counseling Center page.