SBCS promotes anti-bullying and suicide awareness

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Students listen intently to Marie Halloran as she discusses the alarming statistics of suicide on our island during a Sept. 12 presentation by Life Works Guam, a suicide prevention and awareness advocacy group in Guam which Halloran founded. (Photo by Santa Barbara Catholic School)
Eighth graders Kristine Serrano, Margie Tinio, and Aliyah Bagro perform an improvised skit on how to help someone who may be going through depression and may be suicidal Sept. 12. (Photo by Santa Barbara Catholic School)
Eighth graders Kristine Serrano, Margie Tinio, and Aliyah Bagro perform an improvised skit on how to help someone who may be going through depression and may be suicidal Sept. 12. (Photo by Santa Barbara Catholic School)

For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

Santa Barbara Catholic School started its Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Monday, Sept. 12, 2016.

Now on its third year of implementation as part of the school curriculum, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make the school safer, and a more positive place for students to learn and develop. Goals of the program include:

  • Reducing existing bullying problems among students
  • Preventing the development of new bullying problems
  • Achieving better peer relations at school
Life Works Guam founder Marie Halloran speaks to Santa Barbara students about suicide awareness and prevention on Sept. 12. (Photo by Santa Barbara Catholic School)
Life Works Guam founder Marie Halloran speaks to Santa Barbara students about suicide awareness and prevention on Sept. 12. (Photo by Santa Barbara Catholic School)

In addition to the Olweus program, the 8th grade students also attended a session with Marie Halloran, founder of Life Works Guam who spoke to them about suicide awareness and prevention. Halloran discussed the following topics with the students: suicide awareness, prevention, intervention, postvention, and advocacy to help decrease the risk of suicide in our island.

Story submitted by Santa Barbara Catholic School.