ERIC Number: ED338967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-1
Campus Suicide: The Role of College Personnel from Intervention to Postvention.
Hardin, Carlette J.; Weast, Philip G.
Suicide is a personal act with a high degree of interpersonal effects and outcomes. The student contemplating or attempting suicide has reached a turning point in his life and is searching for a way out. Suicide rates among college-age students have tripled over the past 25 years. While national attention has been drawn to the problem of teenage suicide, research now indicates that the suicide rate actually increases as young adults move into jobs and college. Like students who choose to drop out of college, college students who commit suicide are trying to find a way to escape the unbearable circumstances in which they find themselves. Therefore, it is imperative that student personnel professionals be familiar with the issues concerning campus suicide. This paper presents the current issues and theories involving college student suicide. A comprehensive program designed to sensitize and prepare student professionals, residential living staff, faculty members, academic advisors, students, and parents to react to a potential suicide are offered. The three-part plan includes procedures and policies for prevention, intervention, and postvention for suicide. Prevention and intervention programs can help lessen the crisis and provide effective strategies for coping with life. Postvention programs can assist those who survive in coping with the grief and loss. Helping students learn how to turn a personal crisis into an opportunity for hope should be the goal of every prevention, intervention, and postvention program. (Author/LLL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (Washington, DC, March 29-April 1, 1989).