SPRC - Suicide Prevention Resource Center has several resource sheets for teens, family members, or survivors of suicide loss. These resource sheets focus on outlining suicide prevention information, and identifying suicide prevention resources.
- Suicide Prevention Resources for Parents/Guardians/Families
- Suicide Prevention Resources for Survivors of Suicide Loss
- Suicide Prevention Resources for Teens
Depressive Disorder: People experiencing depression typically feel sad, empty, or irritable, and they are often dealing with body-based symptoms (such as sleep disturbance, fatigue, and loss of appetite), as well as cognitive and psychological symptoms (such as difficulties concentrating, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, and thoughts of suicide). Such challenges can undermine their ability to function at home, work, or school.
Major depressive disorder, one of the most common forms of depression, affects approximately 7% of the U.S. population every year. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the causes of depression involve "genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors." Effective treatments include psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two.
Go here for more information about depression, including tips on how to help individuals who are suffering with it.
Postvention Resources for Schools
SPRC and American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) developed a postvention guide to help direct and advise K-12 schools on what to do within the school and community after a student dies by suicide.
A Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) project was recently published to help facilitate and direct college campus administrators and staff on how to effectively establish and implement a postvention plan after a campus crisis or death.
- American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental Disorders, fifth edition, DSM-5. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association.
- National Institute of Mental Health. Depression. Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov
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