Oasis : A Review and Response to Suicide Prevention Amongst Young People
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people, ages 15-24, in the United States (Drapeau & McIntosh, 2015). Young people are particularly susceptible to suicide cluster and contagion. This can be contributed to the role media and the Internet plays in a young person’s life. The media should be responsible for reporting about suicide in a way that will not lead to suicide contagion or cause further harm to the general population. Suicide prevention techniques and programs are important for young people because they are easily influenced by the media. Schools are a good place for suicide prevention programs to take place because they are a diversified setting that youth spend a lot of time in. A new school-based program, Oasis, is proposed in this study. Oasis combines effective pieces of other programs to create a yearlong program that can be easily implemented in any high school. Oasis combines mental health screening, youth-adult relationship building, peer leadership, and an education curriculum to create a social-media focused prevention program. The hypothesis is that students participating in Oasis will report higher levels of mental health literacy, fewer suicide attempts, fewer depressive symptoms, and better youth-adult relationships than students who do not participate in Oasis.
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