SSI Guardian is pleased to announce an important new training program entitled Grieving & Bereavement, How Educators Can Help Students Cope.
While schools do have access to existing grieving related materials, formal training from qualified professionals remains largely absent. Checklists simply aren’t enough.
Teenage suicide in the United States remains comparatively high in the 15 to 24 age group with 5,079 suicides in this age range in 2014, making it the second leading cause of death for those aged 15 to 24. By comparison, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death for all those aged 10 and over, with 33,289 suicides for all US citizens in 2006.
Teen Suicide Statistics by Year (U.S.)
1999 – 1352 teen suicides
2002 – 1246 teen suicides
2006 – 1240 teen suicides
2010 – 1386 teen suicides
2014 – 1668 teen suicides
Authored by Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke, the advanced mental health training program will be offered in 4 and 8 hour variations and is tailorable to both K-12 and higher education institutions. Course topics will include critical areas such as Understanding Bereavement and Grieving, Developmental Issues, Complicated Bereavement and Traumatic Grief and How Educators Can Help Students Cope. Special attention will also be given to death of a student or teacher, suicide and mass violence.
The new program is scheduled for a late summer launch, stay tuned for more details and updates.