Suicide is the third leading cause of adolescent death in the United States. This alarming statistic has been widely studied and debated for years. It has become a consensus that because adolescents spend more than a third of their time in school, suicide intervention strategies must be put into place school-wide. There has also been “heightened awareness of the need for effective crisis intervention in public schools” (Allen et al., 2002, p. 96) nationwide. Kennedy (1999) feels that teaching students about violence and prevention is just as important as teaching them to read and write. More of the responsibility for adolescent suicide prevention is being given to school counselors. There is also a greater need for school counselors to be able to recognize the warning signs and plan effective prevention strategies.
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Hitchcock, N. M., & Lovelette, L. (2005). Child and Adolescent Depression and Suicide: The Role of the School Counselor in Assessment and Treatment. Perspectives In Learning, 6 (1). Retrieved from https://csuepress.columbusstate.edu/pil/vol6/iss1/7