‘Grief is the most powerful tool’: Teacher to talk about suicide to school

By Stephanie McManus The story of how a former teacher became a suicide prevention educator for the Los Angeles Unified School District is part of a larger national conversation about the need to address the stigma surrounding mental illness in the classroom.

The story, first reported by the Los Vegas Review-Journal, begins in the early ’90s when Barbara Murguia, a teacher in the district’s elementary school system, became concerned about the number of suicidal students she had seen.

She wrote to her superiors about her concerns, and within weeks, Murgua was assigned to a mental health unit.

Murgui was not surprised to find that many of the students she was assigned were experiencing severe anxiety and depression, a problem that her colleagues had noticed.

In the past, Mungua said, teachers who had dealt with suicidal students tended to stay silent about the problems.

“My response was, I don’t know,” she said.

But Murgue was not the only teacher to encounter this crisis. “

So they did, and they did it.”

But Murgue was not the only teacher to encounter this crisis.

In her letter to her supervisor, Merguia said, “I have not been able to see or understand what my peers are going through.”

“I did not have a sense that we were losing our students,” she continued.

“We had the same students every year, and I had the feeling that we would have to do the same thing again.”

Murgues supervisors were aware of this anxiety, but they didn’t know how to address it, and Murgus, like many teachers, was concerned that teachers might be hesitant to speak out.

Munguia began writing to parents about her experiences, asking if they had any suggestions for how to get their children to talk to their teachers about mental health.

As her writing and the school district’s response to her questions grew, she began to see more teachers speaking out.

“The first thing that I thought of when I heard about it was, Why didn’t anybody speak out?” she said, recalling her initial reaction to her initial contact with the school system.

“But as the months went by, it became clearer and clearer.”

A series of meetings, including one with the district superintendent, helped Murguy’s story reach wider audiences.

The first school board meeting on mental health was held in late 1995.

At that meeting, a school psychologist told Murguer that teachers who were suicidal were the most vulnerable students.

“You see a lot of teachers that have these things, that they’re struggling with anxiety,” the psychologist said.

The district, however, didn’t seem to be taking these concerns seriously.

The superintendent, the psychologist told the board, “is trying to tell us that we’re not a problem.

We’re not the problem.

And we’re OK.”

But the psychologist also said that teachers’ anxiety was a problem, and the superintendent’s comments did little to change that.

“It was very frustrating, and it was very disturbing,” Murgau said.

She began contacting the Los Gatos School District.

The school district began providing the district with mental health resources, but Murguay did not know about these programs until she began speaking to parents and teachers.

In early 1999, after learning that she had contacted a suicide hotline, Murga decided to tell her story publicly.

Murga wanted to show the district that she was not alone in her concerns.

“At the time, the school had the worst reputation for suicide, and we felt that we could do something about it,” she recalled.

The L.A. Times ran a front-page story about Murga’s story, and her family and friends were inundated with messages of support.

Muyue and her daughter, Jessica, also wrote to the school board and asked the superintendent for help.

Jessica, who is now 24, recalled that her mother had been diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 14, and was in therapy at the time.

“She was very depressed and suicidal, and very scared about how to deal with her condition,” Muyuue said.

At the time of the suicide call, Muyua had been in her third year as a teacher.

“As a teacher, you’re the one that’s supposed to be helping people,” she explained.

“And I had no idea how to talk them out of their feelings, and to say, ‘No, you need to talk this through.'”

Muyumas daughter, who was 14 at the date of the call, began seeing a psychiatrist.

When the psychiatrist examined Jessica, he told her that he had found evidence that the teacher was suicidal.

“He said that he thought that it was a symptom of mental illness,” Murga said.

Jessica and Muyuru’s daughter then started to