ERIC Number: ED311334
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Student Suicide: A Guide for Intervention.
Vidal, John A.
This monograph provides teachers, counselors, administrators, and other school staff members with a simple and practical guide to becoming "response-ready" when dealing with suicide. The first chapter discusses the fact that self-destructive behaviors are prevalent in students which affect their willingness to learn and the increasing incidences of adolescent drinking, motor vehicle accidents, marijuana use, pregnancy, abuse, truancy, and suicide are discussed. The second chapter discusses the role of schools in suicide prevention, including in loco parentis, the Kelson case which held that parents of a child who committed suicide could take action against the school, handling of potential suicide cases, limitations of the school's role, and components of a suicide intervention program. The third chapter discusses the crisis team approach focusing on who should be involved, crisis team responsibilities, and other approaches. The fourth chapter describes a contingency plan of a public high school. The fifth chapter lists 12 mistakes to avoid. The sixth chapter lists 10 ways teachers can help in student suicide prevention. The appendix includes material from other publications on suicide myths, prevention, and intervention. References and a bibliography are included. (ABL)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Counseling Services, Elementary Secondary Education, Incidence, Intervention, Prevention, Responses, School Counseling, School Role, Suicide, Youth Problems
National Education Association Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, CT 06516 (Stock No. 0244-X, $7.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.