Resources on Teen Suicide

April 12, 2000 4 min read
Selected Suicide Prevention and Research Organizations | Related fromEducation Week‘s Archives | Other Related Articles | Violence and Violence Prevention Links | Personal Web Sites Relating to Suicide

Selected Suicide Prevention and Research Organizations:

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention includes links and information on the latest suicide prevention research.

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill provides information about teenage suicide, including facts, family support and self-help groups, as well as suicide information links.

For suicide statistics and safety information, visit the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The National Institute of Mental Health answers frequently asked questions about suicide.

Suicide Awareness, Voices of Education, an education organization, offers a guide to depression for students.

The Suicide Information and Education Centre is a Canadian organization that maintains a list of international organizations investigating suicide and suicide prevention.

The Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating an effective national suicide prevention strategy. SPAN’s goal is to reduce the national suicide rate by the year 2010.

From Education Week’s Archives:

“Bipartisan Panel Urges More Federal Funding To Curb Youth Violence,” March 22, 2000.

“Who’s To Blame?,” from the March 2000 issue of Teacher Magazine, a follow-up to “Casting Blame,” a November/December 1994 Teacher Magazine story addressing the issue of whether or not school districts should be held accountable for suicides committed on school grounds.

“Panel Explores Entertainment-
Violence Link,”
May 12, 1999.

“Clinton, Congress Zero In on Youth Violence,” May 5, 1999.

“The Silent Gender Gap,” Commentary, Nov. 17, 1999.

“Teens Meet With Clinton, Hill Leaders on Violence” Oct. 27, 1999.

“The Truths We Must Face To Curb Youth Violence,” June 9, 1999.

“Increased Suicide Rate for Blacks Puts Prevention Efforts in Doubt,” April 1, 1998.

Other Articles of Interest:

Read the Surgeon General’s “Call to Action to Prevent Suicide, 1999.”

Read a transcript from In the Mix, PBS‘s “reality television for teens": “Depression: On the Edge.”

Read an interview with Leon A. Rosenberg, Ph.D., director of the Children’s Mental Health Center at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, “Recognizing Mental Illness in Children,” from Discovery Health, Jan. 23, 1998.

Read “Preventing Teen Suicide Begins With Straight Talk,” from U.S. News and World Report, Dec. 20, 1999.

“Escaping From the Darkness,”Time Magazine, May 31, 1999. Drugs like Prozac, Paxil, and Luvox can work wonders for clinically depressed kids. But, Time asks, what about the long-term consequences?

“Emotional Ills Tied to Stunted Growth in Girls,”The New York Times, June 26, 1996, discusses the connection between depression, growth, biology, and the mind-body link.

Read “Searching for a Way Out: Stopping Gay Suicide,” from Digitas, a student-run project at Harvard University.

From, a project of the Nemours Foundation Center for Children’s Health Media:

Review an chat with Dr. Herbert Hendin, medical director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, on “The Warning Signs of Teen Suicide,” April 22, 1999.

Read an excerpt discussing “The Boy Code: “Everything’s Just Fine,” from Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood by William Pollack, Ph.D., co- director of the Center for Men at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, courtesy of Parents Place.

Read “The Health of Adolescent Boys: Commonwealth Fund Survey Findings,” and “The Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Health of Adolescent Girls,” July 1998, from the Commonwealth Fund.

Young journalists from Children’s Express speak with three teenage girls who tried to take the ultimate way out in a special report on “Teen Suicide.”

Links to Information About Violence and Violence Prevention:

The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence offers several chapters from its research report, Violence in American Schools, published in 1998. CSPV has chosen ten model violence prevention programs from a rigorous review of more than 450. Programs meeting less rigorous review standards are dubbed “promising.”

Emory University’s Violence Studies Program maintains a comprehensive list of links to other violence studies programs.

Links to Personal Web Sites Dealing With Suicide:

“Portrait of a Son’s Suicide: Bill’s Story,” by his mother, Gabi Clayton, from a collection of pages devoted to the issue of gay male teen suicide.

“Children and Depression,” from Wings of Madness: A Depression Guide, a personal Web site. Includes a list of links to national suicide and mental health organizations, articles of interest, booklets, and chats.

—Compiled by Rebecca Viksnins