Schools often react poorly to student suicides.
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Schools (Psychological aspects)
|Publication:||Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075|
|Issue:||Date: Spring, 2011 Source Volume: 14 Source Issue: 1|
School officials can react poorly to suicides. While
well-intentioned administrators who don't send the right messages
may make copycat suicides more likely and do not provide the help needed
by those left behind.
"Without the proper knowledge and resources, many school administrators may implement strategies that could actually increase the risk of suicide among students," said Darcy Granello, professor of counselor education at Ohio State. Granello is co-author of Suicide, Self-Injury and Violence in the Schools: Assessment, Prevention and Intervention Strategies, Its segment on suicide was co-authored with her husband, Paul Granello, an associate professor of counselor education.
School officials mean well in suicide response, but the best reaction is counterintuitive, said Paul.
"We naturally want to have ceremonies and memorials ... but when you do this in the case of a suicide, it sends the wrong message."
Suicide should be discussed, Darcy emphasized, Schools should provide suicide risk and mental health resources to students. A research-based plan for dealing with suicides is available via the Florida Mental Health Institute: theguide.fmhi.usf.edu/
Ohio State University. (2011, February 9). Retrieved from http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/postvention.htm
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