Suicide Prevention

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September is Suicide Prevention Month

Help your family, children and students navigate this difficult topic with a series created by ArkansasIDEAS with an Arkansas teacher and counselor. While originally created for educators by ArkansasIDEAS, a partnership between ADE and Arkansas PBS for teacher professional development, the content has been made available as a public resource.

In this 17-part digital series broken down by topic, Shawna Burns, licensed professional counselor and founder of Seed Digging Wellness Center, shares personal stories and case studies that show the connections between those seeds, student behaviors, and the innate needs within all of us. Burns discusses the importance of recognizing suicide warning signs, being aware of risk factors, and having a plan for prevention.

This information is helpful to parents, and also includes classroom strategies for creating a safe and secure environment for students that speaks to the innate needs that are so often at the root of suicide.

The Reality of Suicide

Food and Water for the Soul

Check Out the Video Series

Lesson 1
  • Introduction
  • The Root Causes of Suicide
  • Emotional Trauma and Innate Needs
  • Emotional Survial and Coping Skills
  • The Garden Analogy
Lesson 2
  • Case Studies Part I
  • Case Studies Part II
  • Helplessness vs. Hopelessness
  • Warning Signs and Elevated Risk Factors
  • Planning for Prevention
Lesson 3
  • Setting a Safe and Secure Atmosphere Part I
  • Setting a Safe and Secure Atmosphere Part II
  • Setting a Safe and Secure Atmosphere Part III
Lesson 4
  • Setting a Safe and Secure Atmosphere Part IV
  • Setting a Safe and Secure Atmosphere Part V
  • Resources
  • Closing Remarks

A free set of resources is available while supplies last. To request a set to be emailed to you, please email us.


Shawna Burns

Shawna Burns Profile Picture Shawna Burns, LPC-S, LADAC-CS, SDP-S
Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor-Clinical Supervisor
Seed Digging Professional-Supervisor

Shawna Burns, LPC-S, LADAC-CS, SDP-S is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor-Clinical Supervisor. She has counseled children and adults for the past 15 years and has created Seed Digging, a counseling approach that has helped hundreds of children and adults completely overcome mental health disorders and addictions. Shawna has written 4 books, mini curriculums, and has created live and online training programs, including the Seed Digging Trauma-Informed School-Based Health Model. She has trained in numerous school districts, mental health agencies, colleges, and at state and national conferences. One of her greatest desires is that children (and adults) will discover their amazing value and worth so that they can live a life full of joy and love.


Additional Resources

1-800-273-8355 hotline for students

The ADH Suicide Prevention Program is working to provide educational programs that encourage people from all walks of life to become knowledgeable about suicide prevention.

If you would like more information about any of these educational programs, such as how to schedule one in your area, please call 501-683-0707.

Resources for Veterans

Local resources:

We are the 22
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Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs

National resources:

Veterans Crisis Line
(trained professionals available 24/7)
800-273-8255, press 1 or text 838255 for confidential online chat

White House VA Hotline

Vets for Warriors Hotline
855-838-8255 or text 732-333-3634

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