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Hazelden releases new suicide awareness program

December 08, 2011

Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for young people, according to the American Association of Suicidology, and while suicides account for 1.4 percent of all deaths in the U.S. annually, they comprise 12.2 percent of all deaths among 15-24-year-olds.
Raising awareness of the problem can help prevent premature death, and to assist with that effort, Hazelden has just released a new installment of Lifelines, a comprehensive suicide awareness and responsiveness program that educates administrators, faculty and staff, parents and students on the facts about suicide, and their roles in suicide prevention, postvention, and now, Intervention. "Lifelines Intervention" provides information on how to be prepared to address and respond to threats or signs of suicide, and intervene before it’s too late. This program is specifically designed for middle and high school students, and builds on the foundation of the competent and compassionate school community.

"Lifelines Intervention" provides information on how to prepare and interview a student at-risk for suicide, and offers clear guidance on how best to involve parents and guardians as partners in an intervention with an at-risk teen. The Intervention installment also addresses the specific challenges presented by bullied students, members of sexual minorities, and students in gifted special education classes.

"Lifelines Intervention" explains how to gather collateral information about a student’s risk for suicide as well as how to address specific topics with the student.

"Lifelines Intervention: Helping Students at Risk for Suicide," is available for individual sale to supplement the previously published "Lifelines Prevention" and "Lifelines Postvention" materials. "Lifelines Interventions" includes a manual, DVD, and CD-ROM of reproducible material to assist all parties with the suicide intervention process.

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