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ERIC Number: EJ1167198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
Bullying and Suicide Revisited: What Schools Can Do Now
Poland, Scott; Lieberman, Richard
Communique, v46 n5 p8-9 Jan-Feb 2018
The research is clear on youth suicide: Mental illness plays a significant role. Suicide is most often the result of untreated or undertreated mental illness, and when certain disorders coexist in youth, particularly depression and impulse disorders (such as alcohol and substance abuse, nonsuicidal self-injury, or conduct disorder), the risk for suicidal ideation and attempts increases dramatically. Adverse childhood experiences can play a role, and these include living in poverty; neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse; and living with a mentally ill or substance abusing family member. Precipitating events can ignite the fuel of mental illness, particularly those involving loss such as a romantic loss, a death by suicide, or a loss of dignity. Situational stressors can play a role, such as an academic or disciplinary crisis at school or an argument with a parent at home. If a perfect storm begins to mount, the presence of a firearm can have traumatic consequences. In short, suicide is complex, and in the aftermath of suicide, no one person, and no one thing, is ever to blame. It is important that schools across the nation take proactive steps to increase their knowledge and implement bullying and suicide prevention programs. Every school district is encouraged to form a task force that includes administration, mental health, parent, and student input. The task force will be most effective when it links with community and regional resources. This article offers recommendations that educators can implement to enhance their prevention efforts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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