ERIC Number: ED295108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Tree of Life: A Response to Teen Suicide.
Hunt, Claire Y.
This document presents guidelines for school staff to use in responding to an adolescent suicide. It gives statistics on teenage suicides and suicide attempts and examines characteristics of high-risk adolescents. Behavior patterns associated with adolescent suicide are described, paying close attention to the patterns of depression, substance abuse, and homosexuality. Risk factors associated with adolescent suicide, personality traits of high-risk adolescents, and the contagion effect of adolescent suicide are discussed. A chapter on the response to suicide focuses on intervention, prevention, and reaction. The formation of a school crisis team is explained and suggested procedures for the team to use in dealing with suicide-related referrals are listed. A reaction outline presents a compilation of several school districts' responses to student suicides. It is noted that the model presented can be adjusted to address suicide attempts or other emotionally catastrophic events. Eleven recommendations by the Sudden Adolescent Death Committee concerning an adolescent suicide are listed. The final section discusses an early detection and treatment program for adolescent suicide prevention. An epilogue contains a statement of suicide addressed to the Grosse Pointe, Michigan community. Relevant materials on drug abuse, copy cat suicides, a lethality assessment, and a resource directory are appended. (NB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Patterns, Crisis Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Response, High Risk Students, Identification, Personality Traits, Prevention, School Role, Suicide
Wayne County Intermediate School District, 33500 Van Born Rd., Wayne, MI 48184 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Grosse Pointe Public School System, MI.
Note: Some pages are printed on light and dark grey and rose colored paper.