ERIC Number: ED316810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Project Lifesaver: Child and Adolescent Suicide Prevention in Two School Systems.
Boggs, Charmaine; And Others
The issue of youth suicide is a complex one, involving an almost incomprehensible array of problems and circumstances which may influence a young person's decision to take his or her own life. Project Lifesaver began as a joint suicide prevention effort of the Montgomery County (Ohio) Medical Society, the Suicide Prevention Center (SPC), Inc. of Dayton, Ohio, several Montgomery County social service agencies, and two county school districts. This project was designed to study the impact of suicide prevention programming on teachers and their students. For teachers the focus of Project Lifesaver was on the areas of recognition of depression and suicidal ideation; short-term crisis intervention; school and community resources; and factual information about suicide. For elementary level students the emphasis was primarily on sharing feelings associated with grief and loss, and developing a circle of adult resources. Secondary school student programs highlighted recognition of suicidal behavior, adult resources, and factual information about suicide. Pre- and post-assessment surveys were administred to both teachers and students. Results for elementary and secondary teachers provided strong evidence of the success of the Project Lifesaver staff in-service programs. Results for the elementary school students indicated that students preferred family and friends for adult resources. For secondary school students, preferred adult resources were suicidal friend's parents and the school counselor. Forty-two tables and 13 graphs are included, as well as 4 appendixes containing, respectively, the study instrument; program outlines for SPC staff and volunteers; bibliographies including descriptions of Project Lifesaver films and the SPC's bibliographical listings for both children and adolescents; and a paper on legal issues by Charmaine Boggs. (ABL)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Depression (Psychology), Elementary Secondary Education, Prevention, Program Effectiveness, Suicide, Teacher Education
SPC, Inc., P.O. Box 1393, Dayton, Ohio 45401-1393 ($20.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Way of the Dayton Area, OH.
Authoring Institution: Suicide Prevention Center, Inc., Dayton, OH.