ERIC Number: ED337721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Youth Suicide: A Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention Guide for Public Schools.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Part of the purpose of public schooling is to help children develop into productive adults who responsibly participate in a democratic community. The prevention of suicide is critical to the accomplishment of this purpose. Suicide prevention includes the development of policies and procedures that address enhancing school climate, developing decision-making skills and coping strategies, and respecting the cultural diversity of students. A comprehensive suicide management program must include intervention strategies designed to prevent an actual attempt by young people who have threatened to commit suicide and to bring immediate and appropriate help to those who have made a suicide attempt. Intervention policies and procedures should include a coordinated effort among a school's crisis intervention team, community resource services, and the family. Even though schools may effectively reduce the likelihood of youth suicide through conscientious prevention and intervention efforts, it is always possible that a death by suicide will occur. To ensure appropriate responses, a comprehensive suicide management program must include postvention policies and procedures which guide the school's and community's response to a suicide. Postvention strategies are essential to help the school community grieve and recover from the trauma of a suicide, prevent subsequent suicide attempts, and maintain a healthy school climate. Appendices include information about legislation, suicide statistics, abbreviations and definitions, and reference materials. (LLL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Identifiers: Suicide Prevention; Texas