Suicide among teenagers and even adults does exist. There may be different reasons why suicide is committed, yet the common notion is that the pain of losing a loved one subsists. That is the reason we need to create a suicide prevention program designed to help high school students in our community. The suicide prevention program should be a shared responsibility of the parents and the teachers in school. The school administrator must be strict in the implementation of the program.
Khadaroo mentioned that there is a need to teach high school students to be familiar with and counter to hopelessness and suicidal feelings (Khadaroo, 2008). Hence, the primary concern on suicide prevention must be focused on the youth. Caruso mentioned basic steps in suicide prevention aimed at helping high school students. Parents and teachers are called to watch out for the young students so that suicide can be prevented. A joint cooperation of the teachers and the students would make the plan successful in preventing suicide incidents in schools. The steps involved the following things.
First, there should be a meeting of all teachers for briefing purposes about the suicide prevention program (Caruso, 2008). Then, a meeting with the students will follow about the plan of suicide prevention program implementation. The meeting with the students is the proper time to let them share their thoughts, opinions, comments, suggestions, reactions, reviews and other acts of participation through open discussion in the program. The meeting is also the proper time to exact from the students their innermost thoughts about the topic necessary for the implementation of the program.
After the meeting, information drive should be conducted in a room-to-room basis. There is also a necessity to instruct students to ask any teacher to discuss about a feeling of depression anytime. The students should be given some leaflets and handouts about suicide prevention. Fourth, there should be a quarterly dialogue per year as well as open discussion about suicide prevention to be conducted in the school. In that way, the students can be constantly reminded that there are people who are willing to support them in times of emotional crisis.
Finally, the role of teachers in the program includes the ability to always make sure those students who appear severely sad and/or suicidal are being taken cared for. Besides, the teacher should also be sensitive in approaching the students concerned and inquire how they are doing. These processes are applicable to parents too as part of their responsibility to care and nurture for their children.
The teachers must also invite depressed students to talk with them privately allowing them to express themselves fully. If it is apparent that the students are depressed, there should be an encouragement given to them to obtain help. If ever the school has a policy to inform parents of any signs of depression to a student, then parents must be informed immediately. In addition, if any of the students are in the depths of despair, there must be efforts shown that they obtain urgent cure.
The parents must also be informed in this condition to make sure that coordination would take place. Aside from that, there should be a regular follow-up of students concerned to make sure that all is well. They should be informed that the teacher’s presence is always available for help and guidance. In line with these, in every meeting of the faculty, administrators and staff, there should be a discussion about suicide deterrence frequently at faculty meetings.
Caruso, K. Suicide. Org: Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support. (2008). School Suicide Prevention Program. Retrieved July 29, 2008, from http://www.suicide
Khadaroo, S. T. Christian Science Monitor. ( 3 January 2008). Suicide Prevention Program Focuses on Teens. Retrieved July 29, 2008, from http://www.