Discover effective strategies to help prevent youth suicide In Emotionally A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk , trainer, speaker, and suicide loss survivor Anne Moss Rogers, and clinical social worker and researcher, Kimberly O'Brien, PhD, LICSW, empower middle and high school educators with the knowledge and skills to leverage their relationships with students to reduce this threat to life. The purpose of this book is not to turn teachers into therapists but given the pervasive public health problem of suicide in our youth, it's a critical conversation that all educators need to feel comfortable having. Educators will learn evidence-based concepts of suicide prevention, plus lesser known innovative strategies and small culture shifts for the classroom to facilitate connection and healthy coping strategies, the foundation of suicide prevention. Included is commentary from teachers, school psychologists, experts in youth suicidology, leaders from mental health nonprofits, program directors, and tudents. In addition, readers will find practical tips, and sample scripts, with innovative activities that can be incorporated into teaching curricula. You'll learn Who is it Middle/high school teachers and educators, school counselors, nurses, psychologists, coaches, and administrators, as well as parents who wish to better understand the complex subject of youth suicide.
"In a 2018 study, Gregory Plemmons and his colleagues found that the rate of hospitalization of school-age children for suicidal ideation and attempts increased by almost 300% from 2008-2015."
"The problem is that parents and students are ill-informed about the detrimental effects [of marijuana] and not only consider marijuana and its derivatives as harmless but as a viable option to help kids with anxiety and sleep."
"A survey of 13 to 34-year-old survivors reveals that there was less than 5 minutes between suicidal thought and action for 24% of the survivors."
"Persons with heavy alcohol use are five times more likely to die by suicide than social drinkers and toxicology reports on suicide decedents indicate that 75% of suicides involve one or more substance."
“The suicide attempt rate of sexual minority youth is 5 times almost five times that of their heterosexual peers…A 2020 survey by the Trevor Project found that…over 50% of nonbinary youth…as well as transgender youth reported having seriously considered suicide.”
“Despite African Americans having the lowest rate, research demonstrates the suicide rate of black youth is rising faster than any other racial or ethnic group.”
“One of the strongest risk factors in teens is having made a prior suicide attempt.”
“Other high-risk groups include adopted children, who are nearly four times more likely to attempt suicide than nonadopted children.”
“Research has shown high rates of suicidality in autism spectrum conditions, but there is lack of research into why this is the case…Parents of children who live with autism suspect lack of social skills and friends play into their risk factors.”
“The presence of conflicting and competing pressures contributes to a concept called strain, which is believed to precede suicide in most cases.”
“Death sounds nice” – Tweet from Charles Rogers, the author’s son, who committed suicide in 2015. This is part of a series of tweets; only one was seen by his mother, as he blocked her from seeing his account.
“Sometimes, but not always, a sudden shift from deep depression to joy can be suspect because the youth has chosen a date and method to end their life and that has brought them a sense of relief.”
“In short, suicide is an act of despair, not selfishness.”
“Avoid saying, ‘You have so much to live for.’”
“…Protective factors include: • A sense of belonging and connectedness to individuals, family, community, and social institutions • A sense of purpose or meaning in life • Coping ability, life skills, and adapting to change • A positive sense of self-worth • Cultural or religious beliefs that discourage suicide • Availability of physical and mental health care”
I've only skimmed this so far but see it will be an excellent resource for teachers, parents and all who work with anyone at risk for suicide. I'll absorb it slowly and use it as reference. Excellent organization and Table of Contents and Index.
Though directed at teachers, counselors, parents and administrators in schools, it is full of tools, strategies, information, science, tips, testimonies that will benefit anyone in any venue. Places of worship and workplaces come to mind.