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Suicide in College Students

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Suicide has become the 2nd leading cause of death in young adults age 18-25. I chose this topic of controversy in higher education because it calls for an increase in funding for mental health preventative and intervention programs.

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Suicide in College Students

  1. 1. Katherine Valera Education 6050: Education as an Advanced Field of Study December 5, 2013 Northeastern University
  2. 2. Why is this issue important?  Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in college students
  3. 3. Statistics One of every four college students suffers from a form of mental illness, including depression (Kerr, 2012).
  4. 4. Symptoms of Depression  The reasons vary, some include: ◦ Intrusive thoughts, relationships turn sour, feelings of hopelessness etc. ( Watson,, 2010). ◦ Academic and social stresses, mental illnesses (forefront), personal conflicts, and socio-economic factors. (Haas, et al. 2003)
  5. 5. Leading Causes of Suicide Depress ion, Suic idal History, Hopeles sness
  6. 6. 80% of college students who either contemplate or attempt suicide show clear warning signs (Watson, 2013).
  7. 7. Undiagnosed Risks Other risk and often undiagnosed factors include: substance abuse;  a family history of depression and mental illness;  a prior suicide attempt;  access to guns;  exposure to other students who have committed suicide;  self-harming behaviors, such as burning or cutting. 
  8. 8. The Semicolon Project; Photo Credit: Semicolon Project, 416, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=321433014651025&set=a.321433011317692.1073741828 6141325379&type=1&theater
  9. 9. References: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Facts and Figures: Suicide Deaths,http://www.afsp.org/understanding-suicide/facts-and-figures Barrios, L., Everett, S., Simon, T., & Brener, N. (2000). National College Health Assessment: Aggregate report, spring 2000. Baltimore: Author. Haas, A., Hendin, H., & Mann, J. (2003). Suicide in College Students. American Behavioral Scientist, 46(9), 1224. Northeastern University, University Health and Counseling Services, http://www.northeastern.edu/uhcs/access/index.html Schicker, Melanie A.. Lindenwood University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2011. 3478111. Suicide Prevention Resource Center. (2004). Promoting mental health and preventing suicide in college and university settings. Newton, MA: Education Development Center, Inc. Watson, Elwood, Dr. (16 May 2013). Depression, Mental Illness and Suicide Among College Students A Harsh Reality, Diverse Issues In Higher Education, Retrieved: 3 October 2013.

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