Case Study of Suicide Prevention for University Students

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Case Study of Suicide Prevention for University Students by for On September 8, 2003, former U.S. Senator Gordon Smith's son, Garret Lee Smith, a university student, committed suicide. The event attracted nationwide attention and resulted in the passage of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (Public Law 108-355) which is intended to raise awareness of the problem and to help young people avoid using this last resort to end their troubles on earth. This paper provides a brief overview and an analysis of this case, followed by a discussion concerning where failures occurred in the process. An examination of potential solutions to these failures is followed by a summary of the research and important findings concerning the case in the conclusion. Brief overview of the case On September 28, 2003, Garrett Lee Smith committed suicide, just one day before his 22nd birthday (Vedantam, 2007). There had been some warning signs about Smith's psychological condition prior to his committing suicide. For example, Smith had been treated by a psychiatrist prior to his death, and was prescribed an anti-depressant; however, his family reported that it was unclear whether Garrett actually took the prescribed medication (Vedantam). According to Garrett's father, Sen. Smith, a number of healthcare providers determined that Garrett most likely suffered from a bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression (Vedantam). Moreover, Vendantam emphasizes that, "Antidepressants are not recommended
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