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Hazelden publishes third installment of suicide prevention program

September 13, 2011
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Center City, Minn. — Understanding that suicide can be prevented, Hazelden, the leading provider of evidence based violence prevention programs is launching Lifelines Intervention—the third installment in their renowned program LIFELINES—A Comprehensive Suicide Awareness and Responsiveness Program for Teens. The components of the Lifelines Trilogy include Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention. This is the only existing model of its kind available for teens.

According to the American Association of Suicidology, suicide ranked as the third leading cause of death for young people (ages 15-19 and 15-24.) While suicides accounted for 1.4% of all deaths in the U.S. annually, they comprised 12.2% of all deaths among 15-24-year-olds.

This school-wide program is made up of three tools:

  • Lifelines Prevention educates administrators, faculty and staff, parents, and students on the facts about suicide and their respective roles as suicide "preventers". The primary objective of the program is to help everyone in the school community recognize when a student is at potential risk of suicide, and understand how and where to access help.

  • Lifelines Intervention provides information on how to be prepared to address and respond to threats or signs of suicide and intervene and provides clear guidance on how best to involve parents and guardians as partners. The program explains how gather collateral information about a student's risk for suicide and address topics including the challenges presented by bullied students, members of sexual minorities, and students in gifted special education classes.

  • Lifelines Postvention is a best-practices manual specifically designed for middle and high school communities that educates everyone in the school community on how to successfully address and respond to not only suicide, but any type of traumatic death that profoundly affects the school population.

The complete Lifelines Trilogy is based on over 20 years of suicide-in-youth research that indicates an informed community can help to prevent vulnerable teens from ending their lives. Author Maureen Underwood is available for interviews and can discuss the following points:

  • Why suicidal youths are more likely to confide in peers than adults.
  • Why talking about suicide does not increase the likelihood of an occurrence of suicide
  • The link between bullying and teen suicide
  • Addressing LGBT teens and suicide

Research shows that as few as 25 percent of peer confidants tell an adult about a troubled or suicidal peer, and that school-based adults are usually the last people from whom adolescents seek help with personal problems. Planning, informing and empowering the entire school community to address the issue of teen suicide will reduce these tragic deaths. Lifelines teaches people how to be actual "lifelines" for someone in need.

For more information about the Lifelines Trilogy please contact Claire McKinney at 862-252-1880 or claire@)clairemckinneypr.com.