Nearly half of all middle school students have been victims of bullying, according to a recent adolescent health survey conducted by EDC’s Health and Human Development Division. The results are informing an anti-bullying initiative in several Massachusetts communities.
With the recent heat waves across the nation, parents and caregivers are reminded that leaving young children unattended in vehicles can be deadly. EDC offers several recommendations for keeping children safe.
Research conducted by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at EDC discusses the connection between suicide and unemployment. The report concluded that “economic circumstances themselves are insufficient to cause a suicide; in fact, we do not know of any single factor that is sufficient on its own to ‘cause’ a suicide.”
A new comprehensive report entitled Continuity of Care for Suicide Prevention and Research offers recommendations for the ongoing care of patients at risk for suicide who have been treated in emergency departments and hospitals.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), has been awarded up to $22.4 million in federal funds to continue the work of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) to provide suicide prevention expertise to states, tribes, and communities throughout the country.
To help school and district officials better understand when bullying is or is not reported, researchers from the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands examined data from a national crime victimization survey and identified 11 characteristics associated with bullying that are tied to increased reporting.
On May 3, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick signed the state’s first anti-bullying law, four months after the suicide death of Phoebe Prince, 15, of South Hadley, Massachusetts. Prince committed suicide after alleged months of torment by her fellow high school students.
Prince’s death in January—followed by media reports detailing the relentless bullying she endured before ending her own life—thrust the age-old problem of bullying back into the national spotlight, prompting the questions, “Why didn’t anyone stop the bullying? Could this child’s suicide have been prevented?”
A member of the Hopi Nation, Stephanie Autumn directs EDC’s Tribal Youth Program, which seeks to prevent delinquency and improve juvenile justice systems for American Indian and Alaska Native youth. She and a colleague recently traveled to the Red Cliff Reservation in Wisconsin, home of the Red Cliff band of the Ojibwe tribe, for a site visit.
Jerry Reed is the director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) at EDC. SPRC collaborates with other organizations to develop tools and training programs for practitioners and community advocates. SPRC also serves as a clearing-house for information and resources based on best practices.