A European school based prevention program has contributed to getting teen suicide risk lowered.
At Karolinska Institute in Sweden, Professor Danuta Wasserman said the program was successful because students “felt that the power of mastering their feelings, coping with stress and choosing solutions was in their hands and not decided or forced by adults.”
Between the ages of 10 and 24 suicide is the third leading cause of death, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to actual suicides, suicide attempts are far more common. Research suggests that 4 to 8 percent of high school students attempt suicide each year.
Students are at an increased risk if there is a history of suicide attempts, substance abuse, mental illness, or a family history of these.
Wasserman’s team assigned 168 random high schools in 10 European countries with more than 11,000 students overall to provide one of three suicide prevention programs, or no program at all.