School Suicide Prevention Program
Previous researches have been able to support this theory for higher suicides occur after a highly publicized suicide case occurs. In order to prove their hypothesis on the impact of suicide contagion on higher suicide rates, the researchers conducted a longitudinal cohort study using participants from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth based in Canada. The study involved participants aged 12-17 years old (Swanson & Colman, 2013). According to the results, the researchers found out that in youth aged 12-13 years, 13. 7 % reported of ideation after exposure to suicide as compared to 4. (2018) state that the leading cause of death in the world results from suicide and it claims more than 1,000,000 premature deaths on a yearly basis. It is a regrettable loss that see overwhelming number of people that would have either become influential or important in the society in one way or the other succumb before their time.
However, the suicide rates are high amongst the youths as compared to the adult population. The suicide rates are dissimilar across the various gender with the females reporting a 2 to 4 time’s higher probability as compared to the boys. It is, therefore, vital for one to carefully determine the various factors that lead to these high suicide incidents among the youth. Yildiz et al. (2018) found out that suicide contagion increases the likelihood of one engaging in a suicide attempt by 95%. Lake and Gould (2014) state that the indirect transmission of suicidal behavior from one individual to the other is what encompasses a suicide contagion. The impacts of this exposure are bound to generate a suicidal attempt risk even when one did not have such behavior in the first place.
Nonetheless, other researchers have cited additional risk resulting from suicide contagion especially if they were vulnerable. Abrutyn and Mueller (2014) conducted a study to refute Durkheim’s theory that strong, healthy relationships contribute to a reduced suicidal attempt in adolescents. According to the researchers, they hypothesized that these strong relations form a foundation for increased suicide rates for it exposes the adolescent to suicidal behaviors, suicide contagion. In most cases, adolescents are known or being socially conscious and as such, forming social relationships is a core facet of their day-to-day lives. This indicates that the values and behaviors of their peers will have a significant influence over their actions and this, this is what makes them susceptible to suicidal attempts. Moreover, adolescents tend to have strong relationships with friends more than their family members.
The team will also come up with a mechanism that creates a platform for grief support, helps the students in coping with their feelings and minimize the risk of a suicide contagion at the school. More importantly, the team should ensure that it maintains an environment that allows for the continuation of normal educational routines. Helping students cope The students in the school are bound to feel emotionally overwhelmed after suicide. The results of such will see a prolonged stress response from the students. Thus the school cannot resume back to its core functions. Correspondingly, the memorial should not be held during school hours, and in case they are held during school hours, students’ should be allowed to leave school and attend the services under parental guidance and permission.
Suicide reports The schools should make sure that it does not have repetitive and prolonged media reports. Similarly, the statements should not be oversimplified using explanations that led to the suicide. Likewise, the school should not report the method used in the suicide for it can ring about duplication. The school should not release the pictures of the death scene on its school website or even to the media. He will be greatly missed by not only his teammates, fellow scouts but the entire Burnaby Valley High School fraternity. The school will hold a meeting whereby all parents and community members are invited on 4th and 5th December 2018 at the School Hall. The sole aim of this meeting will be to help the students, parents, community members and friends to deal with their feelings and thoughts resulting from the loss of George.
An official meeting announcement has been made on the school's official website, and also text messages have been sent to every Burnaby Valley High School parent. For more information, please fill free to contact the school counselors or administration at +1 968 3245698 or help. Additionally, another concern for the school is the probability of suicide contagion. Numerous reaches have been able to link new incidents of suicide, especially in young adolescents as being a learned encounter. According to McLoughlin et al. (2015), exposure to suicide has been linked to higher probabilities of self-injurious behavior and can help in predicting suicide attempts and ideation amongst adolescents. It is very crucial for you as parents to have an awareness of the various risk factors that lay a foundation for suicidal behavior in adolescents.
However, to make this a possibility, there is a need to make sure that any student who is concerned about his/her suicidal behavior gets the necessary assistance. In most cases, a considerable number of such students will not come out openly and declare their suffering. However, to guarantee that they become encouraged in seeking the right help, distribution of handouts on suicidal related information will be given to all students. The handouts are useful for they help the students in retaining and recalling the information presented. They can review it at their own time and keeps them engaged in the presentation. , Gould, M. S. , & Malone, K. M. Global trends in teenage suicide: 2003–2014. 1017/cbo9781139519502. 008 Shain, B. Suicide and suicide attempts in adolescents.
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