School Psych Corner: Suicides Are on the Rise. Here’s How Schools Can Help
[Source: Education Week – Rules for Engagement Blog]
By Guest Blogger Lisa Stark
That’s how the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention describes the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC found in 2017, more than 47,000 people died by suicide in the United States. That’s an additional 2,200 deaths over the previous year.
Suicide is still rare, but it is now the second leading cause of death for those ages 10 to 19. Mental health experts say that puts schools in a prime position to help troubled students and prevent suicides.
What can schools do? Create a warm and welcoming environment, address bullying, and educate students and staff about depression and suicide are a few key strategies.
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