Parent Education Program on Suicide Prevention featuring Ray Paul, father of Buck Paul ’06

It was an honor to host Ray Paul, chair of the National Board of Directors at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on January 24, 2024. 
Speaking to the Upper School community in the morning and then the wider Saints community in the evening in Ryan Recital Hall, Paul spoke powerfully about suicide prevention strategies and the importance of good mental health practices, particularly as they concern young men.
Paul pulled from his family's experience with suicide. His son and StC alumnus Buck Paul '06 died by suicide in 2012, giving the talk an intensely personal aspect. "I've wanted to talk here for many years," said Paul. "Looking out at the boys today, I like to think that I was talking to each one individually and that they were thinking about themselves or a family member. The personal connection is so important to me."
During the discussion, Paul provided warning signs of suicide, mental health resources, and best practices for the boys to remember. Following the event, students discussed the event in advisory groups.
Paul believes that it's important to be vigilant and to reach out to those who appear to be withdrawing or struggling. "An important thing that I want the boys to come away with is to be aware of their own mental health and those around them," said Paul. "Having control over the mental aspect is critical to having a long, healthy life."
Thanks to the senior leaders of the student wellness group MIND and the Center for the Study of Boys Advisory Board for their help in planning this program.

Watch Paul's presentation here.