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Understanding Youth Suicide: A Guide for Teachers

This item is included in the following series/curriculum: These Days: Youth Suicide Teacher Resource Kit  

  • Grade Level: Senior High (10-12)-Teacher Resource
  • Subjects: Guidance, Teacher Resources, Health
  • Produced By: VEA Group Pty Ltd
  • Year: 2013
  • Country: Australia
  • Language: English
  • Running Time: 20m
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Suicide has been a taboo subject but attitudes are changing. There is a push to raise public awareness, openly discuss and seek different approaches to this complex and highly emotive issue. Teachers, students and school communities should be prepared to deal with this tragedy. In this program, Psychiatrist Patrick McGorry and Psychotherapist Julie Lynn Evans discuss factors that may lead to thoughts of suicide, warning signs, what to do if you suspect a student is contemplating taking their own life, how to respond to a student in distress, coping with the tragedy of a student taking their own life and how teachers can support themselves as well as students in the school community. The short film and commentary was produced in consultation with Psychologist Susan O'Brien, MATS; CEDP. Essential for all high school teachers wanting to tackle this difficult subject matter but not sure exactly how.

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