Posts Tagged ‘high school’

Academic decline, or problems in school, may be a sign of depression in some children. Of course, not all problems in school are linked to depression, and not all depressed children have significant problems in school, either.

How Does Depression Interfere With Academic Performance? Read article here.


As we mourn victims of the latest tragedy in which the accused is a college student, our educational system needs to seriously consider requiring high school and college students, staff and faculty to learn about the signs and symptoms of mental illnesses. Read article here.

Mental health problems such as depression account for nearly half of all disability among young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to a new study from the World Health Organization (WHO). Read article here.

Suicide in a school community is tremendously sad, often unexpected, and can leave a school with many uncertainties about what to do next. Faced with students struggling to cope and a community struggling to respond, schools need reliable information, practical tools, and pragmatic guidance.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), two of the nation’s leading suicide prevention organizations, have collaborated to produce this toolkit to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in the school community. Both organizations have often been contacted by schools in the aftermath of a suicide death. Because neither AFSP nor SPRC have the capacity to provide customized technical assistance in these circumstances, this toolkit was created to help schools determine what to do, when, and how. It is a highly practical resource for schools facing real-time crises. While designed specifically to address the aftermath of suicide, schools will find it useful following other deaths as well. Read more here.

Many school officials react in exactly the wrong ways when one of their students completes suicide. Without the proper knowledge and resources, many school administrators may implement strategies that could actually increase the risk of suicide among students. Read article here.

The third-leading cause of death among teenagers is suicide. More than 14 percent of more than 14,000 high school students in a 2007 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey said they at least thought about killing themselves sometime over the past year. Almost 7 percent of them attempted suicide during that same period. Read article here.