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Suicide Prevention: What Can Schools Do?. 2008 Administrators’ Management Meeting for Exceptional Education & Student Services Personnel September 12, 2008. Stephen Roggenbaum Florida Suicide Implementation Project http://www.preventsuicide.fmhi.usf.edu.

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Suicide prevention what can schools do

Suicide Prevention: What Can Schools Do?

2008 Administrators’ Management Meeting for

Exceptional Education & Student Services Personnel

September 12, 2008

Stephen Roggenbaum

Florida Suicide Implementation Project

http://www.preventsuicide.fmhi.usf.edu

Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute


Suicide prevention what can schools do

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead


Suicide prevention what can schools do

Brief History of

Suicide Prevention in Florida

  • Suicide Prevention is state priority (1999)

  • Florida Suicide Prevention Task Force (2002)

  • Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition (2002)

  • Florida Suicide Prevention Strategy: 2005-2010 (2005)


Brief history of suicide prevention in florida

Brief History of Suicide Prevention in Florida

  • Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention (SOSP)

  • Florida Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council (SPCC)

  • Florida Suicide Prevention Implementation Project (@ FMHI/USF)


2005 national statistics

2005 National Statistics

  • 32,637 suicides (89.4 per day)

  • Firearms used in more than half of all suicides (52.1%)

  • 4.1 male deaths by suicide for each female death

  • Suicide claims a life every 16.1 minutes

Source: AAS, USA Suicide: 2005 Official Final Data


2006 florida statistics

2006 Florida Statistics

Over 2,000 deaths (2,410 = 6.6 a day)

3rd leading cause for 15-24 yr olds

3.4 male deaths by suicide for each female death

Suicide rate nearly 2 x homicide rate

Source: DOH, Florida 2006 Vital Statistics Report


2007 high schoolers report

2007 High Schoolers Report…

Youth risk behavior surveillance, CDC 2008


Suicide deaths 15 19 year olds

Suicide Deaths: 15-19 year olds

CDC / NCIPC / WISQARS


Suicide deaths 20 24 year olds

Suicide Deaths: 20-24 year olds

CDC / NCIPC / WISQARS


Suicide prevention what can schools do

“I thought about it and not just once. But I was lucky there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.”

Chrissie age 16

Youth Suicide Prevention Study, USF

Prevention is often a matter of a caring person with the right knowledge being available in the right place at the right time.


Strategy brochure

Strategy Brochure

  • Communicates the State’s strategy & encourages implementation.

  • Florida Suicide Prevention Implementation Project @ FMHI/USF produced 13,000 brochures.

  • Distributed across the state by suicide prevention advocates.


Suicide prevention what can schools do

Source: American Association of Suicidology, November 2003


Well aware bulletin http www fldoe org commissioner aware

Well Aware Bulletinhttp://www.fldoe.org/commissioner/aware/


Best practice registry http www sprc org featured resources bpr index asp

Best Practice Registryhttp://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/bpr/index.asp


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Best Practice Registryhttp://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/bpr/nrepp_bpr.asp


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Best Practice Registryhttp://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/bpr/ebpp.asp


Best practice registry http www sprc org featured resources bpr expert asp

Best Practice Registryhttp://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/bpr/expert.asp


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Best Practice Registryhttp://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/bpr/standards.asp


Suicide prevention what can schools do

The Youth

Suicide Prevention

School-based Guide

  • Developed by The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute

  • Funded by the Institute for Child Health Policy at Nova Southeastern University

  • Funding source was a Florida Drug Free Communities Program Award


Suicide prevention what can schools do

Given that…

  • Adolescents are a high-risk group for suicide

  • Schools can play a positive role in the lives of teens, &

  • Schools face multiple and competing demands

    TheYouth Suicide Prevention School-Based Guidecan help school districts and individual schools meet their need for accurate, user-friendly information to create hope and help for adolescents.


Suicide prevention what can schools do

The Guide Is…

A comprehensive, evidence-basedresource kit that will allow middle &high school administrators to assess the adequacy of their suicide prevention programs, expand their scope and improve their effectiveness.

and builds on

  • Reviews of the literature

  • Exemplary plans and initiatives

  • Evidence associated with suicide prevention programs

  • Field-based information from educators & community partners

  • Consensus work by an expert panel


Suicide prevention what can schools do

Goals of the

Youth Suicide Prevention

School-Based Guide

  • Define the elements ofa comprehensive, school-based program.

  • Examine the scientific literatureto determine what works in reducingthe incidence of suicide.

  • Provide checklists that may be completed by schools to evaluate the adequacy of their suicide prevention programs.


Suicide prevention what can schools do

Goals of the

Youth Suicide Prevention

School-Based Guide (Continued)

  • Assist school administrators to add program elements.

  • Be a “living document”.


What the guide is not

What the Guide Is NOT

The Guide is

  • Notan endorsement of particular curricula or screening programs.

  • Notintended to collect data on suicide in schools.


Suicide prevention what can schools do

GUIDE CONTENTS

  • Overview

  • Issue Briefs

  • Checklists

  • School Based Suicide Prevention Programs

  • Resources and Links

  • American Association of Suicidology Statistics

    Also Available:

  • Annotated Bibliography

  • Literature Review


Suicide prevention what can schools do

LinkedInformation

Issue Briefs

Information content

The Guide’sthree levels of use:

Checklists

school self-assessment

References

research citations forfurther exploration


The 9 categories issue briefs

The 9 Categories (Issue Briefs)

  • Information Dissemination

  • School Climate

  • Risk factors, Protective Factors, & Warning Signs

  • Administrative Issues

  • Prevention Strategies


The 9 categories issue briefs continued

The 9 Categories (Issue Briefs) continued

  • Intervention Strategies

  • Postvention Strategies (Media Guidelines)

  • Family Partnerships

  • Culturally Diverse Groups


Suicide prevention what can schools do

The Guide

The Guide will allow school administrators to assess the adequacy of their suicide prevention programs and to improve their scope & effectiveness.

Prevention and intervention strategies will providehope for the future in building healthier children with better coping skills such that they make better choices and never enter into a position where they may consider self-harm as an option.


Conclusion

Conclusion

Preventing suicide is like the many fragments of a puzzle.

We need to work together – until the pieces of the puzzle come together.

“We cannot change the past, but together we can shape a different future.”

David Satcher, Former US Surgeon General


Suicide prevention what can schools do

The Youth Suicide Prevention

School-based Guide

is available FREE online at

http://theguide.fmhi.usf.edu

CDs can be ordered (order form at website)

For more information contact

Stephen Roggenbaum

[email protected]

813-974-6149


What will you do

What Will You Do?

“It is not enough to be compassionate.

You must act.”

Dalai Lama

"The Path to Tranquility: Daily Wisdom”


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