Mental Health & Suicide Awareness

OEA Grow

Mar 30 2022 • 23 mins

Episode 7

In this episode about mental health and suicide awareness*, middle school teacher Katherine Baggett shares her personal and professional story as a trauma informed educator. Katherine teaches students in a social emotional behavioral classroom. Most of her students have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and have also experienced significant trauma including houselessness. She knows firsthand the power of one person to help a student through trauma and she draws on her own experiences as she strives to be that person for her students. Jesse and Katherine talk about the need to normalize mental health, including talking about mental illness and suicidal ideation; reducing shame around these topics saves lives. If you’re struggling with suicidal ideation, keep asking for help and keep looking for someone who will listen to you. It’s possible to heal from trauma and possible to come through on the other side of suicidal ideation. This is an episode about hope.

*Trigger warning: This episode discusses suicide.

Take care with these resources:

Lines for Life: 24/7 free, confidential, anonymous help. 1-800-273-8255

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: resources and support

Oregon Health Authority Behavioral Health Services

OEA’s Becoming a Trauma Informed Educator  4-part series

OEA recorded webinars on core interventions for trauma, co-regulation, and self-care (OEA members only)