Hazelden Publishing Releases Lifelines Intervention in Advance of World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th, 2011

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Lifelines Intervention is the third component in the Lifelines trilogy, which is the only existing model of its kind available for teenagers. Lifelines Intervention will provide information on how to intervene if faced with threats or signs of suicide, and it provides clear guidance on how best to involve parents and guardians as partners. The program explains how to gather collateral information about a student's risk for suicide and address topics including the challenges presented by bullied students.

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September 4th begins National Suicide Prevention Week culminating in World Suicide Prevention Day, on Saturday, September 10th. During this week, leading international organizations have come together to focus on raising the awareness of suicide as a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level. According to the World Health Organization, almost 3000 people die by suicide daily. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives.

Understanding that suicide can be prevented, Hazelden, the leading provider of evidence based violence prevention programs is launching Lifelines Intervention-the third installment in their renowned program LIFELINES-A Comprehensive Suicide Awareness and Responsiveness Program for Teens. The components of the Lifelines Trilogy include Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention. This is the only existing model of its kind available for teens.

According to the American Association of Suicidology, suicide ranked as the third leading cause of death for young people (ages 15-19 and 15-24.) While suicides accounted for 1.4% of all deaths in the U.S. annually, they comprised 12.2% of all deaths among 15-24-year-olds.

This school-wide program is made up of three tools:

  •          Lifelines Prevention educates administrators, faculty and staff, parents, and students on the facts about suicide and their respective roles as suicide "preventers". The primary objective of the program is to help everyone in the school community recognize when a student is at potential risk of suicide, and understand how and where to access help.
  •          Lifelines Intervention provides information on how to be prepared to address and respond to threats or signs of suicide and intervene and provides clear guidance on how best to involve parents and guardians as partners. The program explains how gather collateral information about a student's risk for suicide and address topics including the challenges presented by bullied students, members of sexual minorities, and students in gifted special education classes.
  •          Lifelines Postvention is a best-practices manual specifically designed for middle and high school communities that educates everyone in the school community on how to successfully address and respond to not only suicide, but any type of traumatic death that profoundly affects the school population.

The complete Lifelines Trilogy is based on over 20 years of suicide-in-youth research that indicates an informed community can help to prevent vulnerable teens from ending their lives. Author Maureen Underwood is available for interviews and can discuss the following points:

  •          Why suicidal youths are more likely to confide in peers than adults.
  •          Why talking about suicide does not increase the likelihood of an occurrence of suicide
  •          The link between bullying and teen suicide
  •          Addressing LGBT teens and suicide

Research shows that as few as 25 percent of peer confidants tell an adult about a troubled or suicidal peer, and that school-based adults are usually the last people from whom adolescents seek help with personal problems. Planning, informing and empowering the entire school community to address the issue of teen suicide will reduce these tragic deaths. Lifelines teaches people how to be actual "lifelines" for someone in need.

For more information about the Lifelines Trilogy please contact Claire McKinney at 862-252-1880 or claire(at)clairemckinneypr(dot)com.

About Maureen Underwood, L.C.S.W:
Maureen Underwood is a licensed clinical social worker and certified group psychotherpist with over thirty-five years of experience in mental health and crisis intervention. From 1985 to 2000, she was the coordinator of the New Jersey Adolescent Suicide Prevention Project. In this role, she initiated collaborative relationships between mental health and educational systems, provided inservice training, provided consultation on policy development, and assisted in the implementation of procedures for school-based crisis management. In addition to her other numerous publications, Maureen is the co-author of Managing Sudden Traumatic Loss in the Schools and the author of the National Association for Social Work's policy statement on adolescent suicide. In her current role as the clinical director of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, Maureen has developed a series of online videos and resources for educators, parents, and students in youth suicide prevention.

About John Kalafat, Ph.D.:
John Kalafat was a pioneer in community psychology. He was an internationally recognized expert in youth suicide prevention and crisis intervention who consulted with state, national, and overseas organizations. From co-founding a crisis counseling center to authoring books on youth suicide and divorce, John was at the forefront of his field. His most recent publication of crisis-line evaluation has been central in guiding the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. John was past president of the American Association of Suicidology, a fellow in the Society for Community Research & Action and Psychotherapy divisions of the American Psychological Association, and a professor in the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. His career spanned forty years and embodied the "scientist-practitioner" model: his passion for research was driven by his love for getting directly involved with those who intervene with individuals in crisis. John, who passed away in late October 2007, has left a global legacy and a model for all of us to follow.

About Hazelden:
Hazelden Publishing is part of the Hazelden Foundation, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, which helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. With 60 years of knowledge and experience, Hazelden offers a comprehensive approach to addiction that addresses the full range of patient, family, and professional needs, including treatment and continuing care for youth and adults, research, higher education, public education and advocacy, and publishing. It has facilities in Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, and New York.

To reach Hazelden call 800-328-9000 or visit http://www.hazelden.org.

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