RACSB Provides Lock and Talk Resource Bags to Area Schools
In recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and to support the efforts of the Virginia Department of Education’s #BeThe1To Campaign, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board utilized materials provided by Lock and Talk Virginia to create resource bags. A total of 500 bags were assembled and provided to each school counselor, social worker, psychologist, and nurse within Planning District 16 (City of Fredericksburg and Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford). The distribution aligned with week 3 and the theme “#BeThe1To: Keep them Safe” highlighting Lock and Talk Virginia on the state level.
Each reusable bag contained:
* 1 Lock and Talk Virginia 1-pager
* 100 RACSB Wallet Resource Cards
* 25 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline cards (English)
* 10 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline cards (Spanish)
* 1 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline tips for counselors
* 18 8.5×11 posters for display (mix of elementary, middle and high school images; Spanish options; locality specific)
* 1 sheet of 12 “We are a Lock and Talk family” stickers
* 3 window clings
* 1 co-branded magnet
* 1 pen
* 1 medication deactivation kit
* 1 postcard with a note from Michelle Wagaman, RACSB Prevention Services Coordinator
Each school division was also provided a supply of medication lock boxes, gun trigger locks, and gun cable locks as part of our lethal means safety initiative
A massive shout out to RACSB Prevention Specialists – Sherry Norton-Williams, Sherry Thompson, and Jennifer Bateman, for their assisting with sorting, assembling, and delivering these bags! We had quite the operation going for several days as we juggled deliveries and space constraints.
It is our sincere hope that these bags are well received and that the contents are beneficial to your school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.