Responding to Suicide in the School Setting

Save this PDF as:
 WORD  PNG  TXT  JPG

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Responding to Suicide in the School Setting"

Transcription

1 Responding to Suicide in the School Setting Donna Schuurman, EdD, FT Executive Director The Dougy Center, Portland, OR

2

3 Sobering Statistics Suicide is the 3 rd leading cause of death among year olds (after auto accidents and homicide). It is estimated that for every young person who dies of suicide, there are who attempt to end their lives. The rate of suicide has been increasing since 2000.

4 The importance of language Commit suicide In 1999 The Compassionate Friends officially adopted the terms died by suicide or died of suicide to replace the commonly used committed suicide or completed suicide. The latter terms perpetuate a stigma dating back to when suicide was considered both illegal and sinful. (Equally unacceptable: suicided )

5 Language Please don t use suicide as a noun: He was a suicide. We don t define other deceased people by how they died: He was a leukemia. She was a car accident. He was a brain tumor. Doing so further stigmatizes the deceased by reducing the person to their mode of death.

6 Why? & Choice Conflicting thoughts: We ll never know why / It was because of his (depression/the bullying/break-up, etc.) It isn t your fault it was his choice. / His ability to make good choices was impaired by his (depression/mental illness/drug use/despair/hopelessness).

7 Why people die of suicide 90% of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Facts and Figures, afsp.org

8

9 Definition of Suicide The act or instance of taking one s own life voluntarily and intentionally, especially by a person of years of discretion and of sound mind. == Merriam-Webster Dictionary 9

10 Legal Definition of Suicide Self-destruction; the deliberate termination of one s existence, while in the possession and enjoyment of his mental faculties. == Black s Law Dictionary 10

11 How should schools respond? 1. With pre-planned policies and protocols; 2. Consistent with how any student/staff death would be handled; 3. Without glamorizing the mode of death, or 4. Demonizing the deceased.

12 Policies & Protocols will: Provide a rationale for decision-making so that: you aren t making decisions based on the person who died or the method of death, thereby implying that some lives are more valuable than others; you can respond to family wishes or whims based on your pre-set policies and procedures, thereby avoiding some of the potential conflict.

13 Policies & Protocols (cont.) you can educate your students and staff about the value of life and the importance of community you provide your students with productive action and choices instead of a vacuum that they will fill, and you make suicide, depression, something that can and should be talked about, because when you don t, it leads to even more isolation

14 Components & Considerations Goals are: To support students, faculty, staff and parents as they grieve; To honor the life and mourn the loss of the deceased; To provide a safe environment for students to express themselves;

15 Goals, Continued To return the school environment to its normal routine as thoughtfully and quickly as possible, while recognizing that some students, faculty and staff will be impacted more than others by the loss. To identify, assist and if necessary, refer those who may be at risk.

16 Concerns regarding memorialization Contagion, imitation & Liability Issues

17 The Werther Effect Within psychological literature, denotes the tendency of people to die by suicide under the compulsion of imitation rather than for individual motivations. Term coined in 1974 by David Phillips in American Sociological Review, arguing that an individual whose suicide is widely publicized may become a role model for subsequent suicides, particularly among adolescents and young adults.

18 Werther Effect Re-examined In 1984 Wasserman, I.M. concluded that not all stories about suicide deaths lead to an increase in suicide deaths, but only stories about the suicide deaths of celebrities. (American Sociological Review, 49, ) CDC acknowledges that the role of imitation or contagion is less well-established than other risk factors especially noting depressive illness and history of past suicide attempts.

19 Imitation The process by which an act of suicide becomes a compelling model for successive suicide attempts or deaths; an underlying theory to explain the occurrence of contagion.

20 Contagion The process by which a suicide death facilitates the occurrence of a subsequent suicide; assumes either direct or indirect awareness of the prior suicide death.

21 Cluster A group of suicide deaths or suicide attempts, or both, that occur closer together in time and space than would normally be expected in a given community.

22 Postvention* Following a suicide death, planned interventions with the bereaved that aim to alleviate the distress of the affected individuals, reduce the risk of suicidal behavior, and promote the healthy recovery of the affected community. * With credit and appreciation to Edwin Shneidman

23 Memorialization The pertinent questions are not: Should we hold a memorial service at our school (or not)? Should we plant a tree, have a plaque, include a yearbook photo, have an empty chair at graduation, (etc.)?

24 Memorialization The pertinent questions are: What is our policy and protocols about how we will handle the death of a student or staff member? What are the implications of planting a tree, having a plaque, including a yearbook photo, having an empty chair at graduation, etc.?

25 Arguments Against School Memorials/Memorialization They romanticize the act of suicide They glorify the deceased They may encourage others to gain attention through dying by suicide The school may face liability if another student dies by suicide

26 The National Association of School Psychologists says both the National School Safety Center and Lieberman (Richard, PhD, school psychologist and consultant to the Los Angeles Unified School District s Suicide Prevention Unit) agree that no memorial service should be held at the school because it places the deceased student in the position of being a role model. From Teen Suicides: Life, After Death, NASP website,

27 Lieberman continues, it is not a far stretch for a child who sees a beautiful tree, a yearbook dedication or a memorial plaque to imagine he or she will receive such attention in death.

28 Memorials & Contagion There is not a single documented account of a suicide occurring because a previous student received recognition through a memorial service. There are multiple situations where cluster suicides have occurred when no school memorial services were held. (Not implying causality here, just commenting.)

29 Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1988 Recommendations for a community plan for the prevention and containment of suicide clusters, include: the response should be conducted in a manner that avoids glorification of the suicide victims and minimizes sensationalism. Everyone supports this!

30 Centers for Disease Control if the suicide victims are of school age, the deaths should be announced privately to those students most likely to be deeply affected. They should be announced to ALL; we cannot always know who is most likely to be deeply affected!

31 Centers for Disease Control After teachers are briefed, the suicide death might be announced to the rest of the students either by individual teachers, or over the school loudspeaker. A prepared statement should be read; NEVER shared over the school loudspeaker!

32 Centers for Disease Control Funeral services should not be allowed to unnecessarily disrupt the regular school schedule. Funeral services should be held when the family wants them held

33 Reasons TO Hold a Memorial There are no recorded incidents of copycat suicide deaths linked to a school memorial. Having a memorial service does not inherently glamorize the act of suicide, or make the deceased a role model.

34 Memorial Services, cont. By omission, we are devaluing the life of the deceased Not holding a service isn t going to stop kids from talking about what happened It demonstrates that adults are afraid and need to control It does not provide productive channels for honoring the life of the deceased

35 Memorial Services, cont. In the void, other actions WILL occur, and It opens the perfect opportunity for anger and destructive acting out, thereby Not supporting kids in their sadness and grieving, and It is a fear-based response

36 Suicide & School Memorials Not suggesting schools MUST have a memorial, but rather, that they have a policy and procedures for handling deaths of students and staff based on values, empirical evidence and sound strategy.

37 Think on these things: What is education? What is the mission of your school? In what ways do you seek to create community? What does a community do in response to traumatic events? What does whatever you do, or fail to do, teach your students?

38 38

39 References & Resources Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) sprc.org/states (links to resources within each state) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) samhsa.gov (Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools; free, 230 pages) Download from

40 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Free: Toolkit for Schools: After a Suicide (download from website) Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program: Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention & Postvention Guidelines, 4 th Ed. 2009

41 American Association of Suicidology Understanding Suicide; Supporting Children, DVD, The Dougy Center

42 Postvention Standards Manual: A Guide for a School s Response in the Aftermath of Sudden Death (4 th Ed.), STAR CENTER PUBLICATIONS, Kerr, M., Brent, D., McKain, B., & McCommons, P., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

43 Thomas Joiner, Harvard University Press: Myths About Suicide (2011) Why People Die by Suicide (2007) Edwin Shneidman, Rowman & Littlefield: Suicide as Psychache: A clinical approach to self- destructive behavior (1995).

Rozita Davari-Ashtiani Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist SBMU

Rozita Davari-Ashtiani Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist SBMU Rozita Davari-Ashtiani Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist SBMU Adolescents spend one-third of their day in school For this reason, schools provide an ideal setting for suicide prevention strategies for adolescents

More information

School Crisis Response: Are You Prepared?

School Crisis Response: Are You Prepared? School Crisis Response: Are You Prepared? N e w M e x i c o D e p a r t m e n t o f H e a l t h O f f i c e o f S c h o o l & A d o l e s c e n t H e a l t h A m a n d a López A s k i n, M. S. T w i l

More information

Definitions Suicide Clusters Definitions Suicide Contagion Suicide Contagion Suicide Contagion

Definitions Suicide Clusters Definitions Suicide Contagion Suicide Contagion Suicide Contagion May 6, 00 Suicide Clusters Stephen E. Brock, Ph.D., NCSP California State University, Sacramento brock@csus.edu http://www.csus.edu/indiv/b/brocks/ 96-78-599 Loyola Marymount University rlieberm@lmu.edu

More information

WS1 Handout 21: Memorials: Special Considerations When Memorializing an Incident

WS1 Handout 21: Memorials: Special Considerations When Memorializing an Incident School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum WS1 Handout 21: Memorials: Special Considerations When Memorializing an Incident When a tragedy occurs at a school, there often is a call for

More information

Resources for Survivors of Suicide

Resources for Survivors of Suicide Unfinished Conversation: Healing from Suicide and Loss A Guided Journey Resources for Survivors of Suicide General Survivor Resources Resources for Military Survivors Resources for Families and Children

More information

Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff

Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff These guidelines are designed to help school administrators, teachers, and crisis team members respond to the needs of students and staff

More information

Lifeline Online Postvention Manual

Lifeline Online Postvention Manual Lifeline Online Postvention Manual Online Postvention Manual Overview When someone dies by suicide that person s online social media profile often becomes a hub for friends and family to talk about the

More information

Sample Letters Death Announcements

Sample Letters Death Announcements Sample Letters Death Announcements Sample Letter to Parents Dear Parents, As you may or may not be aware, our school (or district) has recently experienced (specify event, whether death, fire, etc.) which

More information

Nearly every principal will be

Nearly every principal will be COUNSELING 101 Dealing With Death at School Prior planning, empathic leadership, and teachable moments promote healing among students and staff members after the death of a member of the school community.

More information

Surviving After Suicide: Reaching Out To Help Others

Surviving After Suicide: Reaching Out To Help Others Surviving After Suicide: Reaching Out To Help Others HOPE AND HEALING AFTER SUICIDE April 30, 2016 - Cedar Shore Resort - Chamberlain, SD Grief is a journey not meant to be traveled alone especially grief

More information

MADELYN GOULD, PhD, MPH

MADELYN GOULD, PhD, MPH MADELYN GOULD, PhD, MPH PROFESSOR IN PSYCHIATRY & EPIDEMIOLOGY DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH TRAINING IN CHILD PSYCHIATRY COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY Please do not use or distribute without obtaining permission

More information

SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS NADINE J KASLOW, PHD, ABPP NKASLOW@EMORY.EDU 2014 APA PRESIDENT

SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS NADINE J KASLOW, PHD, ABPP NKASLOW@EMORY.EDU 2014 APA PRESIDENT SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS NADINE J KASLOW, PHD, ABPP NKASLOW@EMORY.EDU 2014 APA PRESIDENT Setting the Stage What are the common myths about suicide in children and adolescents? If I

More information

Preventing Adolescent Suicide by Joining Forces in the Community

Preventing Adolescent Suicide by Joining Forces in the Community Preventing Adolescent Suicide by Joining Forces in the Community The Screening for Mental Health SOS program Moderator: Alan Holmlund, MSW, Director, Suicide Prevention Program, Massachusetts Department

More information

GUILFORD SUICIDE PREVENTION TASK FORCE

GUILFORD SUICIDE PREVENTION TASK FORCE GUILFORD SUICIDE PREVENTION TASK FORCE Connecticut Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Initiative Presented by Karolin Regan, LCSW Guilford Youth & Family Services Guilford Connecticut Demographics

More information

HELPING ADOLESCENTS COPE WITH LOSS Self-Study DVD or ONLINE Course

HELPING ADOLESCENTS COPE WITH LOSS Self-Study DVD or ONLINE Course Hospice Foundation of America s 21st Annual National Living With Grief Program HELPING ADOLESCENTS COPE WITH LOSS Self-Study DVD or ONLINE Course ABOUT THE PROGRAM Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss focuses

More information

Safe Texas Schools: Suicide & Bullying Prevention

Safe Texas Schools: Suicide & Bullying Prevention Safe Texas Schools: Suicide & Bullying Prevention Jenna Heise MA, NCC, BC-DMT State Suicide Prevention Coordinator James Wright, MS, LCPC, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Suicide

More information

Preparing for and Responding to a Death by Suicide

Preparing for and Responding to a Death by Suicide Checklist 7b Preparing for and Responding to a Death by Suicide Responding to and Working with the Media Sample Forms for Schools Announcements for Students, Faculty, and Staff Notification Letter to Parents

More information

Background. The goals for the Light for Life Foundation of Southern California are:

Background. The goals for the Light for Life Foundation of Southern California are: Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program An outreach program of the Light for Life Foundation of Southern California 1831 South El Camino Real Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 635-5604 FAX (760) 944-8494 www.yellowribbonsd.org

More information

Youth Mental Health Training

Youth Mental Health Training North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Youth Mental Health Training 2015 Senate Bill (SB) 2048, introduced and passed during the 2015 North Dakota legislative session, creates a school-wide response

More information

Essential Trauma Informed Practices in Schools. Shannon Cronn, N.C.S.P. Barb Iversen, M.C.

Essential Trauma Informed Practices in Schools. Shannon Cronn, N.C.S.P. Barb Iversen, M.C. Essential Trauma Informed Practices in Schools Shannon Cronn, N.C.S.P. Barb Iversen, M.C. Objectives: Participants attending this session will be able to: Define trauma Explain how trauma may impact child/teen

More information

U.S. Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center. From School Crises and Emergencies

U.S. Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center. From School Crises and Emergencies U.S. Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center LESSONS LEARNED From School Crises and Emergencies READINESS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR

More information

What Can I Do To Help Myself Deal with Loss and Grief?

What Can I Do To Help Myself Deal with Loss and Grief? What Can I Do To Help Myself Deal with Loss and Grief? There are certain tasks that help people adjust to a loss. Every person will complete these tasks in his or her own time and in his/her own way. The

More information

Background. Bereavement and Grief in Childhood. Ariel A. Kell. University of Pittsburgh. December 2011

Background. Bereavement and Grief in Childhood. Ariel A. Kell. University of Pittsburgh. December 2011 Running Head: BEREAVEMENT AND GRIEF Background Bereavement and Grief in Childhood by Ariel A. Kell University of Pittsburgh December 2011 BEREAVEMENT AND GRIEF 2 When looking at how individuals experience

More information

Suicide Intervention Training. Susan Becker PhD Danny Sandoval - MA

Suicide Intervention Training. Susan Becker PhD Danny Sandoval - MA Training Susan Becker PhD Danny Sandoval - MA Suicide Intervention is not intended to be a form of counseling or treatment. Suicide Intervention is intended to offer hope through positive action. Myth

More information

Supporting Children s Mental Health Needs in the Aftermath of a Disaster: Pediatric Pearls

Supporting Children s Mental Health Needs in the Aftermath of a Disaster: Pediatric Pearls Supporting Children s Mental Health Needs in the Aftermath of a Disaster: Pediatric Pearls Satellite Conference and Live Webcast Thursday, August 25, 2011 5:30 7:00 p.m. Central Time Faculty David J. Schonfeld,

More information

The Role of High School Teachers in Preventing Suicide

The Role of High School Teachers in Preventing Suicide The Role of High School Teachers in Preventing Suicide Understand Why Suicide Prevention Fits with Your Role as a High School Teacher Ms. Gomez, a high school social studies teacher, was concerned about

More information

SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY

SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY The Entertainment Industries Council s TEAM Up Social Media Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention provide tips for organizations and individuals communicating about mental health

More information

Principles of Assessing and Treatment of Suicide

Principles of Assessing and Treatment of Suicide Principles of Assessing and Treatment of Suicide Pamela K. Greene PhD, RN Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services 7 Categories A. Working with Individuals at Risk for Suicide:

More information

Training and Development Book and Visual Media Catalogue

Training and Development Book and Visual Media Catalogue ** Please contact Sue Douglas on 01732 525344 to request a resource ** Book A Child s Journey through Placement A Child's Journey to recovery A Non-Violent Resistance Approach with children in Distress

More information

"Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss"

Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss HFA'S 21 ST ANNUAL LIVING WITH GRIEF PROGRAM (2014) "Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss" PROGRAM INFORMATION: This new program focuses exclusively on the issues that adolescents face as they cope with

More information

The Role of Law Enforcement Officers in Preventing Suicide

The Role of Law Enforcement Officers in Preventing Suicide The Role of Law Enforcement Officers in Preventing Suicide Joe and Al, two law enforcement officers, were dispatched on a general disturbance call. A neighbor had called 911 saying she heard a loud argument

More information

PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES AND HIV/AIDS. TIHAN Training for Care & Support Volunteers

PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES AND HIV/AIDS. TIHAN Training for Care & Support Volunteers PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES AND HIV/AIDS TIHAN Training for Care & Support Volunteers WHAT IS PSYCHOSOCIAL? Psychology + Sociology Psychosocial development is how a person's mind, emotions, and maturity level

More information

Traumatic Stress. and Substance Use Problems

Traumatic Stress. and Substance Use Problems Traumatic Stress and Substance Use Problems The relation between substance use and trauma Research demonstrates a strong link between exposure to traumatic events and substance use problems. Many people

More information

Underage Drinking. Underage Drinking Statistics

Underage Drinking. Underage Drinking Statistics Underage Drinking Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America s youth, and drinking by young people poses

More information

There has never been a more important time to speak up for our nation s kids.

There has never been a more important time to speak up for our nation s kids. Real Science. Real Hope childmind.org There has never been a more important time to speak up for our nation s kids. Each May, the Child Mind Institute's Speak Up for Kids campaign promotes children's mental

More information

GUIDANCE FOR CAREGIVERS: CHILDREN OR TEENS WHO HAD A LOVED ONE DIE IN THE EARTHQUAKE

GUIDANCE FOR CAREGIVERS: CHILDREN OR TEENS WHO HAD A LOVED ONE DIE IN THE EARTHQUAKE GUIDANCE FOR CAREGIVERS: CHILDREN OR TEENS WHO HAD A LOVED ONE DIE IN THE EARTHQUAKE Introduction to trauma The earthquake was a terrifying disaster for adults, children, families, and communities. The

More information

AISD CAMPUS REFERENCE GUIDE FOR CRITICAL INCIDENCE AISD Emergency Operation Plan & Critical Incident Stress Management Model QUICK REFERENCE

AISD CAMPUS REFERENCE GUIDE FOR CRITICAL INCIDENCE AISD Emergency Operation Plan & Critical Incident Stress Management Model QUICK REFERENCE AISD Emergency Management Coordinator, John Gaete Supervisor of Critical Incident Response Team, Dianna Groves Department of Student Learning Support Services Sally Rothenberg, Director AISD CAMPUS REFERENCE

More information

OUTREACH VERSION. SERVICES FOR TEENS AT RISK STAR Center Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (412) 246-5619

OUTREACH VERSION. SERVICES FOR TEENS AT RISK STAR Center Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (412) 246-5619 OUTREACH VERSION SERVICES FOR TEENS AT RISK STAR Center Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (412) 246-5619 All Rights Reserved 2007 UPMC Health System TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 2 WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

More information

Grief, Loss and Substance Abuse: References and Resources (July 27, 2010)

Grief, Loss and Substance Abuse: References and Resources (July 27, 2010) Grief, Loss and Substance Abuse: References and Resources (July 27, 2010) By Dustianne North and Koren Paalman Books and Book Chapters Atwood, Joan (2001). Family Systems/Family Therapy Applications for

More information

Chris Bedford, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist Clinic for Attention, Learning, and Memory

Chris Bedford, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist Clinic for Attention, Learning, and Memory Chris Bedford, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist Clinic for Attention, Learning, and Memory WHO AM I? WHAT DO I DO? Psychologist at the Clinic for Attention, Learning, and Memory CALM Work with children, adolescents,

More information

Supporting children in the aftermath of a crisis

Supporting children in the aftermath of a crisis Supporting children in the aftermath of a crisis David J. Schonfeld, MD Thelma and Jack Rubinstein Professor of Pediatrics Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement Division of Developmental

More information

Specific issues for child and youth primary mental health care

Specific issues for child and youth primary mental health care Guides to specific issues 1 Specific issues for child and youth primary mental health care This issues guide is linked to the vignette Children should be seen and heard Consideration of Child and Youth

More information

State of Delaware Suicide Prevention Plan. July 2013 - July 2018. A Five-Year Strategy

State of Delaware Suicide Prevention Plan. July 2013 - July 2018. A Five-Year Strategy State of Delaware Suicide Prevention Plan July 2013 - July 2018 A Five-Year Strategy Approved by Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition on Monday, June 17, 2013 Goal 1 : Integrate and coordinate suicide

More information

After an A t t e m p t

After an A t t e m p t SUICIDE: Taking Care of Yourself & Your Family After an A t t e m p t Family Guide for Your Relative in the Emergency Department Colonial Place Three 2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22201-3042

More information

Ninon Yale Clinical Nurse Specialist Trauma Program McGill University Health Centre Sept. 27, 2012

Ninon Yale Clinical Nurse Specialist Trauma Program McGill University Health Centre Sept. 27, 2012 Ninon Yale Clinical Nurse Specialist Trauma Program McGill University Health Centre Sept. 27, 2012 Suicide in Québec Québec is the Canadian province with the highest suicide rate Affects all age groups

More information

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: After an Attempt

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: After an Attempt National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: After an Attempt A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Substance Abuse

More information

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Reauthorization

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Reauthorization Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Reauthorization 111 th Congress Introduction The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization

More information

Critical Incidents. Information for schools from Derbyshire Educational Psychology Service

Critical Incidents. Information for schools from Derbyshire Educational Psychology Service Critical Incidents Information for schools from Derbyshire Educational Psychology Service Introduction to Critical Incidents A critical incident (CI) is any event that is unexpected, acute, stressful and

More information

Helping Students Cope with Media Coverage of Disasters: A Fact Sheet for Teachers and School Staff

Helping Students Cope with Media Coverage of Disasters: A Fact Sheet for Teachers and School Staff Helping Students Cope with Media Coverage of Disasters: A Fact Sheet for Teachers and School Staff Disasters can be chaotic, confusing, and frightening events, both for those who experience them directly

More information

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD Introduction Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a common disorder in which a person experiences disabling anxiety after a traumatic event. People with PTSD

More information

Round Lake Senior High School ROUND LAKE HIGH SCHOOL CRISIS INTERVENTION PROCEDURE. Action Steps 2012-2013

Round Lake Senior High School ROUND LAKE HIGH SCHOOL CRISIS INTERVENTION PROCEDURE. Action Steps 2012-2013 Round Lake Senior High School ROUND LAKE HIGH SCHOOL CRISIS INTERVENTION PROCEDURE Action Steps 2012-2013 The Board of Education of the Round Lake Area School District #116 recognizes that it has the responsibility

More information

EAP Pamphlet List. General Healthcare Section. What Everyone Should Know About Wellness. What You Should Know About Self-Esteem. Your Attitude And You

EAP Pamphlet List. General Healthcare Section. What Everyone Should Know About Wellness. What You Should Know About Self-Esteem. Your Attitude And You EAP Pamphlet List Listed below are pamphlets that are in stock at the Employee Assistance Program. They cover a wide range of topics and are intended to be a source of general information. They are in

More information

SUBSTANCE ABUSE & DEPRESSION: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

SUBSTANCE ABUSE & DEPRESSION: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW SUBSTANCE ABUSE & DEPRESSION: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW TABLE OF CONTENTS What is Depression? 4 Symptoms of Depression 6 Substance Abuse as a Coping Mechanism 8 Which Occurs First? 10 Substance Abuse and the

More information

After an Attempt. A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department

After an Attempt. A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department After an Attempt A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

More information

THE EFFECTS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE ON CHILDREN. Where Does It Hurt?

THE EFFECTS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE ON CHILDREN. Where Does It Hurt? THE EFFECTS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE ON CHILDREN Where Does It Hurt? Child Abuse Hurts Us All Every child has the right to be nurtured and to be safe. According to: Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile

More information

What Is a School Psychologist?

What Is a School Psychologist? What Is a School Psychologist? Who Are School Psychologists? School psychologists have specialized training in both psychology and education. They use their training and skills to team with educators,

More information

TIP Prospectus for Concept Clearance Substance Abuse Treatment and Trauma

TIP Prospectus for Concept Clearance Substance Abuse Treatment and Trauma TIP Prospectus for Concept Clearance Substance Abuse Treatment and Trauma Introduction The events of September 11, 2001, have reminded Americans that they are vulnerable to international terrorism and

More information

TEEN MARIJUANA USE WORSENS DEPRESSION

TEEN MARIJUANA USE WORSENS DEPRESSION TEEN MARIJUANA USE WORSENS DEPRESSION An Analysis of Recent Data Shows Self-Medicating Could Actually Make Things Worse Millions of American teens* report experiencing weeks of hopelessness and loss of

More information

Helping Children Cope With Loss, Death, and Grief Tips for Teachers and Parents

Helping Children Cope With Loss, Death, and Grief Tips for Teachers and Parents Helping Children Cope With Loss, Death, and Grief Tips for Teachers and Parents Schools and communities around the country will be impacted by the loss of life associated with the war in Iraq. The effects

More information

HELP WHEN WE NEEDED IT MOST

HELP WHEN WE NEEDED IT MOST HELP WHEN WE NEEDED IT MOST How to prepare for and respond to suicide in schools and colleges. How to prepare for and respond to suicide in schools and colleges 1 Nobody likes to think about a death in

More information

What are Non-Epileptic Seizures?

What are Non-Epileptic Seizures? What are Non-Epileptic Seizures? What Is A Seizure? Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center, established in 1978, is a national and international pacesetter in the treatment of

More information

High School Mental Health Providers

High School Mental Health Providers The Role of High School Mental Health Providers in Preventing Suicide Ellen s English teacher told the school counselor, Ms. Thompson, that several of Ellen s class writing assignments indicated that she

More information

The Concept of Risk and Adolescent High Risk Behaviors

The Concept of Risk and Adolescent High Risk Behaviors The Concept of Risk and Adolescent High Risk Behaviors Janice Selekman DNSc, RN, NCSN, FNASN Professor University of Delaware Risk is. - A concept that denotes a potential negative impact to some characteristic

More information

PEER LEADER TRAINING YOUTH CLUBS

PEER LEADER TRAINING YOUTH CLUBS EDUCATOR TRAINING PEER LEADER TRAINING YOUTH 1ST-PERSON STORYTELLING HEALTHCARE PROVIDER TRAINING SCHOOLS YOUTH CLUBS RADIO CLINICS COMMUNITY YOUTH A Unique Response to the URGENT NEED FOR YOUTH MENTAL

More information

Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-Occurring Disorders Co-Occurring Disorders PACCT 2011 CAROLYN FRANZEN Learning Objectives List common examples of mental health problems associated with substance abuse disorders Describe risk factors that contribute to the

More information

Family breakdown as a result of death

Family breakdown as a result of death Family breakdown as a result of death Why do families breakdown after death? There are a number of reasons why families can suffer breakdowns following a bereavement. A key factor is communication, which

More information

The Grieving Process. Lydia Snyder Fourth year Medical Student

The Grieving Process. Lydia Snyder Fourth year Medical Student The Grieving Process Lydia Snyder Fourth year Medical Student What is Grief? The normal process of reacting to a loss Loss of loved one Sense of one s own nearing death Loss of familiar home environment

More information

7/16/2015. Online Tool to Help Illinois Schools Support Student Mental Health

7/16/2015. Online Tool to Help Illinois Schools Support Student Mental Health Online Tool to Help Illinois Schools Support Student Mental Health Illinois Youth Suicide Prevention Project Jennifer L. Martin, M.S.W. ISBE Special Education Directors Conference August 6, 2015 We want

More information

Below is a diagram showing the Models of Grief that have been developed by a range of theorists since the 1940 s. The 1964, 1972) Restitution

Below is a diagram showing the Models of Grief that have been developed by a range of theorists since the 1940 s. The 1964, 1972) Restitution Models of grief Below is a diagram showing the Models of Grief that have been developed by a range of theorists since the 1940 s. Models of grief Theorist Stage or Phase Lindemann Shock & Acute Mourning

More information

Positive correlation correlation

Positive correlation correlation Correlation Correlation: The relationship between two variables. Correlation coefficient: A measure of the magnitude and direction of the relationship (the correlation) between two variables. The closer

More information

Trauma and the Family: Listening and learning from families impacted by psychological trauma. Focus Group Report

Trauma and the Family: Listening and learning from families impacted by psychological trauma. Focus Group Report Trauma and the Family: Listening and learning from families impacted by psychological trauma Focus Group Report A summary of reflections and remarks made by Baltimore City families impacted by trauma and

More information

TIPS FOR SUPERVISORS

TIPS FOR SUPERVISORS TIPS FOR SUPERVISORS IDENTIFYING AND ASSISTING TROUBLED EMPLOYEES The HRS WorkLife Programs, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is designed to aid staff members in seeking professional assistance to resolve

More information

HELPING YOUNG CHILDREN COPE WITH TRAUMA

HELPING YOUNG CHILDREN COPE WITH TRAUMA HELPING YOUNG CHILDREN COPE WITH TRAUMA Disasters are upsetting to everyone involved. Children, older people, and/or people with disabilities are especially at risk. For a child, his or her view of the

More information

Workforce Development Online Workshop Descriptions

Workforce Development Online Workshop Descriptions Workforce Development Online Workshop Descriptions Behavioral Health Service Delivery Workshops: The Effects of Violence Exposure on Children (1.5 hours) Regretfully, violence against children and youth

More information

Self-Esteem and Mental Health. Chapter 3. Contents

Self-Esteem and Mental Health. Chapter 3. Contents Self-Esteem and Mental Health Contents Section 1 Building Your Self-Esteem Section 2 Using Good Communication Skills Section 3 Mental and Emotional Health Section 4 Understanding Mental Disorders Section

More information

Treatment Planning. The Key to Effective Client Documentation. Adapted from OFMQ s 2002 provider training.

Treatment Planning. The Key to Effective Client Documentation. Adapted from OFMQ s 2002 provider training. Treatment Planning The Key to Effective Client Documentation Adapted from OFMQ s 2002 provider training. 1 Models Medical Model Diagnosis Psych Eval Problems Symptoms Psycho/Social/Behavioral Model Diagnosis

More information

Parent Tips. What Parents Should Know About Bullying

Parent Tips. What Parents Should Know About Bullying Parent Tips What Parents Should Know About Bullying What is Bullying? The Pinellas County Schools Policy against Bullying and Harassment defines bullying as: Systematically and chronically inflicting physical

More information

PROGRAM FOR LICENSING ASSESSMENTS FOR COLORADO EDUCATORS (PLACE ) OBJECTIVES FIELD 031: HEALTH

PROGRAM FOR LICENSING ASSESSMENTS FOR COLORADO EDUCATORS (PLACE ) OBJECTIVES FIELD 031: HEALTH PROGRAM FOR LICENSING ASSESSMENTS FOR COLORADO EDUCATORS (PLACE ) OBJECTIVES Subareas Physical Health Mental Health Social Health Community Health PHYSICAL HEALTH Understand the stages of physical growth

More information

Adolescent Substance Use: America s #1 Public Health Problem June 29, 2011

Adolescent Substance Use: America s #1 Public Health Problem June 29, 2011 Adolescent Substance Use: America s #1 Public Health Problem June 29, 2011 A Report by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University 9 in 10 People Who Are Addicted* Begin

More information

MODULE 1.3 WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?

MODULE 1.3 WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH? MODULE 1.3 WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH? Why improve mental health in secondary school? The importance of mental health in all our lives Mental health is a positive and productive state of mind that allows an

More information

Suicide Awareness Pamphlet for Leaders

Suicide Awareness Pamphlet for Leaders Suicide Awareness Pamphlet for Leaders Interim Publication by Army Suicide Prevention Task Force Table of Contents Leadership... 3 Resiliency... 4 Prevention... 5 Awareness... 6 Intervention... 7 Postvention...

More information

Heroin Prevention Education

Heroin Prevention Education Heroin Prevention Education April 24, 2014 Kris Adzia, Heroin Prevention Project Manager Robert Crown Center for Health Education It all started with a grandparent asking a single question: Why aren t

More information

Talking to a friend or family member affected by depression

Talking to a friend or family member affected by depression Talking to a friend or family member affected by depression Supported by Supported by the European Depression Association Brought to you by For people affected by depression, discussing their condition

More information

BROADALBIN-PERTH CENTRAL SCHOOL ADOPTED 7/19/04 2 ND READING AND ADOPTION 6/21/10 SUBSTANCE ABUSE

BROADALBIN-PERTH CENTRAL SCHOOL ADOPTED 7/19/04 2 ND READING AND ADOPTION 6/21/10 SUBSTANCE ABUSE BOARD OF EDUCATION ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION 7.6.1A BROADALBIN-PERTH CENTRAL SCHOOL ADOPTED 7/19/04 2 ND READING AND ADOPTION 6/21/10 Primary Prevention SUBSTANCE ABUSE The intent of primary prevention

More information

Parenting. Coping with DEATH. For children aged 6 to 12

Parenting. Coping with DEATH. For children aged 6 to 12 Parenting Positively Coping with DEATH For children aged 6 to 12 This booklet will help you to understand more about death and the feelings we all have when someone we care about, like a parent, a brother

More information

Father~Daughter Summit. National Center for Fathering

Father~Daughter Summit. National Center for Fathering Father~Daughter Summit National Center for Fathering Since my daughters are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn and horror grips me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there

More information

Background. Provincial Teacher Resource List 2015-2016. Please Note:

Background. Provincial Teacher Resource List 2015-2016. Please Note: Provincial Teacher Resource List 2015-2016 Background The purpose of this list is to help teachers and schools promote a Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach in a classroom setting. CSH is an internationally

More information

Beverly J. Paschal., M.A. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Board Certified in Emergency Crisis Response

Beverly J. Paschal., M.A. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Board Certified in Emergency Crisis Response Beverly J. Paschal., M.A. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Board Certified in Emergency Crisis Response ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3670 Grant Drive, Suite 103-A Reno, Nevada 89509 Phone ~

More information

DIERINGER SCHOOL DISTRICT CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN

DIERINGER SCHOOL DISTRICT CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN DIERINGER SCHOOL DISTRICT CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN Crisis Team Members Superintendent: Special Education Coordinator: Building Administrators: Dr. Judy Neumeier-Martinson Mrs. Jody Clough Mr. Nate Salisbury

More information

Transition Age Youth and Young Adults: Important Information for Georgia Health Care, Education, and Other Service Providers

Transition Age Youth and Young Adults: Important Information for Georgia Health Care, Education, and Other Service Providers Transition Age Youth and Young Adults: Important Information for Georgia Health Care, Education, and Other Service Providers Transition age youth and young adults (TAYYA) ages 14 to 26 comprise a significant

More information

Michigan State Board of Education Policy on Integrating Mental Health in Schools

Michigan State Board of Education Policy on Integrating Mental Health in Schools Michigan State Board of Education Policy on Integrating Mental Health in Schools Historically, the Michigan State Board of Education (SBE) has emphasized the importance of students well-being and its impact

More information

White Paper. School Psychologists: Qualified Health Professionals Providing Child and Adolescent Mental and Behavioral Health Services

White Paper. School Psychologists: Qualified Health Professionals Providing Child and Adolescent Mental and Behavioral Health Services White Paper School Psychologists: Qualified Health Professionals Providing Child and Adolescent Mental and Behavioral Health Services School psychologists are uniquely trained to deliver high quality mental

More information

"When the worst is happening" Treatment for children who lost both of their parents during a car accident

When the worst is happening Treatment for children who lost both of their parents during a car accident "When the worst is happening" Treatment for children who lost both of their parents during a car accident Dr. Adi Granat, Dr. Moshe Vardi The Post Trauma Unit for children and adolescents, Loewenstein

More information

Seniors and. Depression. What You Need to Know. Behavioral Healthcare Options, Inc.

Seniors and. Depression. What You Need to Know. Behavioral Healthcare Options, Inc. Seniors and Depression What You Need to Know Behavioral Healthcare Options, Inc. Depression More Than Just The Blues ou may not know exactly what is wrong with you, but you do know that you just don t

More information

CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN

CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN Crisis Management Plan 1 Woonsocket School District 55-4 101 N. 2 nd Ave. PO Box 428 Woonsocket, SD 57385 Ph# 605-796-4431 Fax# 605-796-4352 CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Adopted November

More information

Free Additional Resources

Free Additional Resources Free Additional Resources Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Treatment Improvement Protocols The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers free Treatment

More information

Listen, Protect, and Connect

Listen, Protect, and Connect Page 1 Listen, Protect, and Connect PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID FOR CHILDREN, PARENTS, AND OTHER CAREGIVERS AFTER NATURAL DISASTERS Helping you and your child in times of disaster. Page 2 As a parent or adult

More information

A Manager s Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace

A Manager s Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace A Manager s Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS WHAT IS POSTVENTION?... 3-10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of a Suicide... 4 IMMEDIATE: ACUTE PHASE - Coordinate:

More information

Framework for Student Support Services in Victorian Government Schools

Framework for Student Support Services in Victorian Government Schools Framework for Student Support Services in Victorian Government Schools State of Victoria Department of Education, Victoria, 1998 ISBN 0 7306 9026 1 The Department of Education welcomes any use of this

More information

Saint Paul Public Schools Crisis Support Guide

Saint Paul Public Schools Crisis Support Guide Saint Paul Public Schools Crisis Support Guide For Administrators and Crisis Support Team Members WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF MAJOR CRISIS WITH A STUDENT OR STAFF MEMBER TO ACCESS THE CRISIS SUPPORT TEAM

More information