Effectiveness of Suicide Prevention Programs in Schools among Adolescents

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Jessica Wuebbolt Gary Dick


By Jessica Wuebbolt, Social Work

Advisor: Gary Dick

Presentation ID: AM_A30

Abstract: In the United States, suicide rates continue to increase over the years, making it one of the leading causes of death among adolescents. Suicide is preventable through strong focus across individual, community, societal, and relationship levels. This evaluation analyzes the effectiveness of suicide prevention programs in schools, specifically regarding the Signs of Suicide (SOS) prevention program implemented at West Clermont middle school in Clermont County, Ohio. This study is designed to determine if adolescents are more aware of suicide warning signs, changed attitudes about suicide, and intervening when their peers show warning signs after receiving the SOS prevention program. The study employed a quantitative Signs of Suicide screening form and a three month post-test follow up to determine if the SOS is effective in changing attitudes and increasing knowledge regarding suicide and depression. The results of the questionnaire and posttest show how effective and important suicide prevention programs are in schools in raising knowledge about depression, suicide, and suicide prevention among themselves and their peers. _

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