Casstevens, W. J.
September 2013
International Journal of Choice Theory & Reality Therapy;Fall2013, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p102
Academic Journal
Over the last few years, I have been actively involved in suicide prevention coordination and programming at the university where I work as an associate professor. A group of concerned faculty and staff consulted on how best to address this issue after a year in which several students were lost to suicide. An initial seed grant from the university and subsequent federal funding supported the development of a collaborative, university-wide suicide prevention program. According to our most recent census data, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds in the United States of America (USA; Hovert & Xu, 2012). Research also indicates that it may be the leading cause of death among college and university students in this country (Turner & Keller, 2011). Further, for young adults from 15 to 24 years old, there are an estimated one hundred to two hundred attempts for every completed suicide (Goldsmith, Pellmar, Kleinman, & Bunney, 2002). In 2004, the US Congress passed the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act to fund youth suicide prevention efforts at the state, tribal, and campus level (Ginsberg, 2013).


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