What is Say Something Week? Say Something Week raises awareness and educates students and the community through training, advertising, public proclamations, media events, contests and school awards. Say Something Week reinforces the power young people have to prevent tragedies and save lives when they Say Something to a trusted adult.
Did you know that when it comes to threats of violence or suicide, most are known by at least one other person BEFORE the incident takes place? Imagine how much tragedy could be averted if these individuals said something?
Say Something teaches students, grades 6-12, how to look for warning signs, signals and threats, especially in social media, from a peer who might be planning to hurt themselves or someone else and to say something to a trusted adult to get help and save a life.
Valley View Junior High, grades 7th and 8th, in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, a national, nonprofit organization led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will be participating in a Say Something Week, September 11th through 15th, 2017. Say Something teaches students in Middle School and High School how to look for warning signs, signals and threats, especially in social media, from individuals who may want to hurt themselves or others and to Say Something to a trusted adult to get them help. The program is based on research conducted by Dr. Dewey Cornell and Dr. Reid Meloy, two leading national experts in threat assessment and intervention. The week-long series of events includes learning about the warning signs and how to get help. There will also be a t-shirt design contest — students can design a t-shirt that helps spread the “Say Something” message. The junior high will also have a “Green Out” day on Thursday, in support of Say Something Week. Finally, the peer mediators will be decorating the school parking lot with positive messages, encouraging others to Say Something! Parents and students can go to SandyHookPromise to learn more!