Teacher preparedness for engaging in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention
Master of Education
SubjectSuicidal behavior (Youth)
Suicide (Prevention Study and teaching)
Children Suicidal behavior
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Adolescent suicide has become more frequent over the past few decades, despite school-based suicide prevention programs which have been in place since the 1970's. As youth suicide rates have increased, so has the amount of literature regarding youth suicide increased. Many authors have suggested that teachers play an important role in the prevention of youth suicide, yet very little seems to be known about teachers’ preparedness for providing suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention1. This study explores teachers’ perceptions of their preparedness for participating in school related suicide prevention and intervention, as well as their preparedness for postvention with other students following a suicide completion.