ERIC Number: ED255116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-26
Reference Count: 0
Student Suicide Reduction: Are the Colleges Helping?
Haile, Penelope J.; Levitt, Lynn
Suicide prevention programs and reactions to student suicide or suicide attempts were studied at 21 Long Island, New York, colleges and universities. While none of the colleges had a student suicide on campus from September 1981 through June 1983, one third of these schools have experienced suicide attempts on campus. Although there was a wide variety of counseling services available, few of these services dealt directly and specifically with the issue of student suicide, and little specific training in dealing with student suicide attempts was provided. However, almost two-thirds of the colleges indicated that their counseling staffs had formally discussed suicide and attempted suicide with students. Variations in the number of counselors included: 25 percent of the colleges had no full-time counselors on staff, 29 percent had only one full-time counselor, 30 percent had from 6 to 15 full-time counselors, and 50 percent of the colleges used from 1 to 25 part-time or student counselors. Suggestions for prevention of student suicide include a networking system and changes in availability of counseling services dealing directly with student suicide. The College Counseling Services Questionnaire is appended and six references are listed. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convocation of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (15th, Ellenville, NY, October 26, 1984).