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ERIC Number: EJ1068380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1554-2998
Developing a Teen Suicide Prevention Program in the Schools
Anderson, Mary Jane
Journal of School Counseling, v2 n3 2004
The problem of adolescent suicide worldwide is discussed. Teen suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-19 year olds in the United States, and has become an increasing concern for counselors employed in schools. Contributing factors to suicide, such as cultural and socio-demographic factors, dysfunctional family patterns, cognitive style and personality, psychiatric disorders, and current negative life events as triggers of suicidal behavior are reviewed. Marginalized populations are at higher risk of low self-worth and depression, both precursors to suicidal ideation. Most authorities agree that schools should develop a written plan of action for suicide intervention and prevention. The development of a Teen Suicide Prevention Program for a school district in rural Mississippi is reviewed. Steps including negotiation with administrators and policy development, providing faculty/staff in-service, preparation of crisis teams, parent education, classroom presentations, and follow-up are delineated and additional resources are provided.
Journal of School Counseling. Montana State University, College of Education, Health and Human Development, P.O. Box 172940, Bozeman, MT 59717. Tel: 406-994-4133; Fax: 406-994-1854; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi
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