Fostering Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the Classroom provides educators with a thorough, readable guide to some of the most common mental health issues and symptomatology that they are likely to confront in their daily work with students. Few teachers are specifically taught what behaviors by students may potentially result in severely reduced functioning or risk of harm to self or others. Many teachers today receive a trial by fire when confronted with mental health crises. This text will assist educators in recognizing symptoms of crisis and provides them tools that will help them take the proper steps toward addressing the mental health issues of their students.

Self-Injury and Suicide

Self-Injury and Suicide

Self-injury and suicide

Prereading Questions

As you read this chapter, please reflect on the following questions and issues:

  • What causes a child to commit suicide?
  • What can teachers do to help prevent their students from committing suicide?
  • What obligations do teachers have when it comes to working with suicidal students?
  • Which school personnel in particular should be involved with suicide prevention efforts?

Suicide, the ultimate outward expression of despair and hopelessness, is increasing among our nation's children and adolescents. Thought by many parents and teachers to be a nonexistent threat to our students, suicide is becoming an increasingly frequent occurrence and ranks as the third leading cause of death among young people (Spirito & Donaldson, 1998). It is an equal opportunity act occurring across ...

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