Teen suicide is becoming a bigger problem these days. In fact, it is currently the third-leading cause of the death of young people that are aged between 15 and 24 years, thus, in the lead are accidents and homicides, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.
Our national prevention programs have always focused on school education programs, screening programs that are geared towards identifying risk prone adolescents, crisis center hotlines, media guidelines (this is a prevention of suicide strategy that is based on creating the awareness of media professionals about how copy-cat suicides are becoming more commonplace in adolescents, in a bid to minimizing the impact suicide-reporting-new stories) and an additional efforts of limiting access to firearm.
What research has shown so far.
Data from the CDC have shown right from previous years to now that one in every five teenagers or adolescent in the United States considers suicide in a serious manner annually. The percentage of adolescents attempting suicide annually in the United States seem to be on the increase yearly. One of the most effective suicide prevention measures that is working for these teenagers is the equipping of mental health professionals as well as other society educationists with the necessary resources to know and identify who is prone or at risk to committing suicide and how accessible is the person to mental health care and counselling.
The following are some helpful educational programs that were used to stop or reduce the number of teenagers that die from suicide annually.
The Teen Screen program.
This is one of the community-oriented screening program that was very successful in getting many teenagers to be mentally screened for risk of suicide. The primary aim of this program is to help these teenagers and their parents to identify the risk of suicide and other mental health problems in teenagers including depression. Mental health issues like depression are one of the main issues that drive teenagers into a whole lot of thinking and then even into ending their lives if they get the chance.
The Stop a Suicide Today program.
This program is a school-based program towards suicide prevention and has experienced some successes since its inception with recorded reduction in self-reported attempts of suicide. This program was developed by Douglas Jacobs, MD, a Harvard psychiatrist to show people, especially the younger generation, how suicide signs can be identified in friends and family members and then ensures that these people are empowered to make a difference in the lives of their families and friends. This program’s main emphasis was on the relationship that exist between mental illness and suicide and how those in need can be dragged into mental health treatments and counselling solutions.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800273-TALK.
The mission of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is to ensure that immediate assistance is readily available to individuals who are in suicide crisis. This is done by making sure that those in need are connected to the nearest mental health service and suicide prevention service provider by making use of the toll-free number above. It is the only suicide prevention program that is run and funded by the Federal Government.
These are some of the educational-based programs that have helped in making sure that the number of teenagers that die from suicide is reduced.