Suicide Can Be A Difficult Topic To Discuss. Especially

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Suicide can be a difficult topic to discuss. Especially if one has known someone who has committed suicide. Suicide does not discriminate and happens anywhere that life exists. According to Rosenberg (1999),”Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death overall in the United States. For the elderly, it is the 13th, and for the young (15-24) it is it the 3rd leading cause of death” (pp. 83-87). The increasing rate of suicide has called implementations of suicide prevention plans. Prevention plans are not only in place for schools systems, there are many different suicide prevention plans pertaining to different groups of people. In this paper, I’m going to discuss a suicide prevention plan in a school system, a family prevention plan, and then…show more content…
The staff members that implement the program do not have educational, mental health training, or licensure requirements. However, program kits are required. The program kits are about $400. The kits are full of useful information and resources. Some of the things that are included are program implementation guides, student response cards, Will to Live packets, student newsletters, access to online resources, and the Brief Screen for Adolescent Depression (BSAD) forms. The program also has an interactive training module online for school staff and supporters. Research on this program has shown a favorable outcome of reduced suicide. “At a 3-month posttest, it was found that intervention high school students were less likely than control students to report having had suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts” (“SAMHSA,” 2014). Results were taken from questionnaires. This program, however, is ineffective for increasing the receipt of mental health and/or substance abuse treatment and ineffective for increasing social competence related to help seeking behaviors (“SAMHSA,” 2014). Overall the program showed improved in suicidal thoughts and behaviors and knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about mental health. The next model is the Family Intervention for Suicide Prevention (FISP). The FISP is a cognitive behavioral family intervention for youth ages 10-18 who have thought about suicide or tried to attempt it. These children have been brought to an
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