TODAY, May 29, at 2pm on BlogTalkRadio
Youth Suicide Contagion: Implications for Colleges and Universities
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students in U.S., with approximately 1,100 students dying by suicide each year. It is recognized that youth suicide is influenced by many factors; research has indicated that one such factor is suicide contagion, a phenomenon to which teenagers and young adults are particularly vulnerable. Suicide contagion, sometimes referred to as suicide modeling, is the process wherein the direct or indirect knowledge of one suicide facilitates the occurrence of a subsequent suicide. Dr. Madelyn Gould, Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry at Columbia University, discusses this phenomenon and what colleges and universities can do about it.