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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


“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


Brief History of people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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 people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”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 people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

  • 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 people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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… people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Youth risk behavior surveillance, CDC 2008


Suicide deaths 15 19 year olds
Suicide Deaths: 15-19 year olds people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

CDC / NCIPC / WISQARS


Suicide deaths 20 24 year olds
Suicide Deaths: 20-24 year olds people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

CDC / NCIPC / WISQARS


“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 there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.”

  • 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.


Source: American Association of Suicidology, November 2003 there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.”


Well aware bulletin http www fldoe org commissioner aware
Well Aware Bulletin there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.” http://www.fldoe.org/commissioner/aware/


Best practice registry http www sprc org featured resources bpr index asp
Best Practice Registry there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.” http://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/bpr/index.asp


Best practice registry http www sprc org featured resources bpr nrepp bpr asp
Best Practice Registry there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.” http://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/bpr/nrepp_bpr.asp


Best practice registry http www sprc org featured resources bpr ebpp asp
Best Practice Registry there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.” http://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/bpr/ebpp.asp


Best practice registry http www sprc org featured resources bpr expert asp
Best Practice Registry there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.” http://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/bpr/expert.asp


Best practice registry http www sprc org featured resources bpr standards asp
Best Practice Registry there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.” http://www.sprc.org/featured_resources/bpr/standards.asp


The Youth there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.”

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


Given that… there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.”

  • 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.


The Guide Is… there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.”

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


Goals of the there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.”

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.


Goals of the there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.”

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 there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.” NOT

The Guide is

  • Notan endorsement of particular curricula or screening programs.

  • Notintended to collect data on suicide in schools.


GUIDE CONTENTS there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.”

  • Overview

  • Issue Briefs

  • Checklists

  • School Based Suicide Prevention Programs

  • Resources and Links

  • American Association of Suicidology Statistics

    Also Available:

  • Annotated Bibliography

  • Literature Review


Linked there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.” Information

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 there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.” (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 there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.” (Issue Briefs) continued

  • Intervention Strategies

  • Postvention Strategies (Media Guidelines)

  • Family Partnerships

  • Culturally Diverse Groups


The Guide there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.”

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 there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.”

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


The Youth Suicide Prevention there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.”

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? there was someone there who helped me see that it was not the best solution or the only solution.”

“It is not enough to be compassionate.

You must act.”

Dalai Lama

"The Path to Tranquility: Daily Wisdom”


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