Armed with the latest statistics and facts on teen suicide, this video and print program teaches viewers how to recognize and respond to the risks of teen suicide. Viewers will learn how feelings of rage, isolation and depression affect suicidal behavior and will understand the differences between normal “blues” and the symptoms of severe depression. Following media guidelines developed by the American Association of Suicidology, this program does not dramatize suicide. Rather, it focuses on stories of young adults who have overcome their problems by getting counseling and helps teenagers recognize the warning signs of suicide in their peers. The program emphasizes that all suicide threats should be taken seriously. Students will understand that help is available, and what actions individuals can take to prevent suicides by others. The video stresses that students should not be afraid to ask if a peer is thinking about suicide and that it is important to get help. It includes the true story of several teens who recognized the warning signs in a classmate, contacted a trusted adult, and–because of their intervention–saved a life.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
Video Librarian 2005 : Rated ***Recommended
CINE Golden Eagle Award
Columbus International Film & Video Festival:Honorable Mention
Highly Recommended Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults. The phrase “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.” is one that I ask my students to reflect on. What does it mean? This video has the information needed to reflect on that phrase. It’s Never Too Late: Stopping Teen Suicide is divided into 3 segments that aptly describe the risk factors, how to get help, and how to help others. It’s an exceptional tool for use in a mental health unit to help teens know what warning signs to look for and how they can help a friend who might be suicidal. Interviews include a suicidologist, and a psychologist who discuss the risk factors and the physiological aspects of depression in language which teens, who are the target audience, can fully understand.
When someone is suicidal they have feelings of hopelessness that seem insurmountable. Using real life teens with real life issues brings this important topic to a level that teenagers can relate to. The accompanying curriculum is a first rate tool to reinforce the video. It contains pre and post-tests for use in assessment, student activities and fact sheets are part of the package so they can put their new-found information and strategies to work. Parent activity and fact sheets are also included so the student has an opportunity to open up a dialog at home.
It’s Never Too Late: Stopping Teen Suicide is a beneficial addition to any school library for use by health and psychology departments.
- Bonnie Rosenfield, Minneapolis Public Schools
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