TITLE

High School Suicide Postvention: Recommendations for an Effective Program

AUTHOR(S)
King, Keith A.
PUB. DATE
September 1999
SOURCE
American Journal of Health Studies;1999, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p217
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Abstract: Appropriate school postvention programs can reduce potential cluster (copycat) suicides. Unfortunately, many schools lack a preplanned postvention program and tend to respond to the aftermath of a student suicide in an unorganized and nonsystematic manner. This type of unplanned action often exacerbates the trauma of the situation and results in additional hysteria on the part of the students and school staff. This paper provides a review of the appropriate steps school professionals should carry out before a student suicide occurs and after a student suicide occurs. These steps were developed based on a comprehensive review of the professional literature. It is hoped that this information will assist school professionals in developing an effective and comprehensive postvention component within their overall school suicide prevention program.
ACCESSION #
2980615

 

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