Essay about New Means Of Suicide Prevention Programs

1353 Words May 10th, 2016 null Page
During the last 10 years, new means of suicide prevention efforts have generated valuable information on risk and protective factors, empirically based methods for preventing suicidal behavior, and enhanced research methods. During this period, the following developments have been observed in the area of suicide prevention; “A proliferation of curriculum-based suicide prevention programs in schools accompanied by increased attention and concerns voiced over format, goals, theoretic orientation, and safety issues” (Hazell and King, 1996). This has led to much-improved prevention design programs. Against the backdrop of rising suicide rates nationally and also in the state of Texas, this is welcome news. According to the World Health Organization, the national suicide rate for the year of 2010 in the United States was 12.74 deaths per 100,000 which represents a 13% increase compared with 10.62 deaths per 100,000 for the year 2000. (WHO 4) Suicide attempts, according to the text has also seen an increase for the same period, although reliable data on attempts is not always available, it is generally understood that in the United States there are 25 attempts for every actual suicide death. The figures for Texas closely parallel the national average with the state average of 12.18 deaths per 100,000 for the year 2015. (AFSP 2015). This ranks Texas as #16 among 50 states for the year 2015, compared with being ranked #9 with a 11.29 average for the year 2012. (AHR). Young…

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