Website attempts to reduce teen suicide and depression

April 2017

Mental Health

Country of origin: USA

Attempted suicide continues to grow among teenagers and girls are at greatest risk, according to a suicide prevention survey handed out during in-school programmes since 2001.

The suicide prevention programme at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, in collaboration with Carole Parrish of The J. E. & Z .B. Butler Foundation, was proposed in July 2000 to interrupt and circumvent the causal chain of suicidal behaviour and close the gap of services for suicidal children and adolescents in the Cincinnati area.

Cathy Strunk, RN, suicide prevention expert in the Division of Psychiatry at Cincinnati Childrens, developed and implemented a multi-class curriculum in 2001, which focuses on:

? Stressors that contribute to depression / suicidal behaviours
? Adaptive and maladaptive behaviours in response to these stressors
? Signs and symptoms of depression and warning signs and risk factors of suicide
? Finding ways to help depressed / suicidal teens

Surviving the Teens is the new name for the suicide prevention programme proposed by Strunk in 2004 following a real-life tragedy. In February Surviving the Teens launched a new website.

?The website provides information for many stressful situations facing teens and families today, such as how to handle family conflict, how to talk to your teens, coping skills, and trauma or abuse,? said Strunk.

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