Annotated Bibliography on Youth Suicide Prevention – Jordan Schramm

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The Center for Disease Control article “More Than a Mental Health Problem” discusses the prevalence of suicide in the U.S. and suggests that there are multiple factors that affect suicide ideations, attempts, and completions. Other influences such as relationships, substance use, physical health, financial health, and stress are noted in the article.

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The CDC also provided resources and tips for states and communities to reduce suicides in people who are at risk. One way mentioned was to promote safe and supportive environments, as well as incorporating activities that bring people together. Both of these strategies, along with others listed, can be utilized through community and school programs. Furthermore, the site gave tips on prevention, noticing warning signs, and for helping someone you think might be at risk.

The CDC is a trusted governmental website that provides statistics on various health related issues therefore it serves as a credible and reliable source for my grant proposal. In addition, the CDC does updates on their webpage when new information becomes available; the latest update was this year, so the information provided is timely. Though this reference does not narrow down statistics to the age group, it does mention that suicide is the number one cause of death in the United States and number two leading cause of death in ages 10-24. It also mentions suicidal trends with sex, other factors, and offers state comparisons through the use of charts; these graphics and statistics can be useful to my grant proposal to show that suicide is on a rise in the United States, and intervention must be implemented.

Holland, K. M., Vivolo-Kantor, A. M., Logan, J. E., & Leemis, R. W. (2016). Antecedents of Suicide among Youth Aged 11–15: A Multistate Mixed Methods Analysis. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 46(7), 1598-1610. doi:10.1007/s10964-016-0610-3

In their journal, Holland et. al. studies the factors that play a role in one’s suicidal ideations in adolescence ranging from family history of suicide, mental health issues, family problems, school stress, bullying and many others. The study focuses on decedent’s characteristics and factors contributing to their suicide, while also emphasizing that these risk-factors are co-occurring. The authors suggest that most commonly overlapping risk-factors include relational and school problems as well as arguments with parents. Furthermore, the authors mention the importance of multi-level interventions such as social, parental, and individual support as one way to delay or stop the compilation of risk-factors leading to a progression of suicidal thoughts and/or actions. Lastly the article highlights the importance of raising awareness for the health issue itself so that warning signs can be easily detected and people with direct contact of the suicidal individual can intervene accordingly.

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