WWhile research has identified a number of effective suicide prevention strategies, many have not been put into practice. Through this project, EDC will create two toolkits with easy-to-use educational materials and interactive resources that will also focus on institutional and personal barriers that prevent suicide from being addressed in each setting, and provide motivation to create more positive environments.
The MetroWest Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a 10-year initiative of the Massachusetts-based MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation to better understand and address the health needs of adolescents in the region.
Surveys are conducted biannually with middle and high school students and focus on issues such as:
Leading causes of morbidity and mortality among adolescents
The Boston Public Schools hired EDC to assist with its bullying prevention initiatives and in this story, Ed Donnelly of EDC’s Bullying Prevention Research Institute discusses efforts to train Boston teachers how to spot and prevent bullying in their schools.
A recent lawsuit regarding a suicide of a college student at Cornell University has sparked a nationwide discussion about prevention on college campuses. EDC’s Morton Silverman of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center weighs in on what works best.
Boston Public Schools asked EDC to develop an anti-bullying program that uses high school students as peer leaders to teach social and emotional skills to young people involved in all aspects of bullying.
EDC and Boston Public Schools are partners in an innovative approach to expand and deepen the schools’ ongoing efforts to respond to and prevent bullying, in compliance with the 2010 Massachusetts Bullying Prevention and Intervention Law.
EDC has been invited to participate in an academic symposium on ways to reach youth and promote a culture free from bullying, which is part of the national launch of the Born This Way Foundation by pop star Lady Gaga.
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.
Amy Aparicio Clark visited Brawley, California, to get feedback on El sexo puede esperar (Saving Sex for Later), a program that promotes positive
parenting practices among families with young adolescents.
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?”
Morton Silverman and Laurie Davidson of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at EDC discuss the recent suicides at Cornell University and suggestions for preparing for and coping with a suicide on campus.
A recent survey of principals from 25 countries revealed that school leaders estimate one in five students requires treatment or other mental health services to help them cope with the issues they face.
Anxiety, depression, bullying, harassment, anger, and
impulse control. These are just some of the mental and emotional health
issues facing students in schools worldwide today.
One powerful way to support people living with HIV and AIDS is to involve them in strategies that address misconceptions and support prevention. With that in mind, EDC created resource for Caribbean educators and networks of people living with HIV and AIDS.
A first-of-its-kind network in the Caribbean is uniting HIV and AIDS coordinators to use education to prevent HIV and AIDS, teach the public about how HIV is transmitted, and empower schools to be inclusive learning and working environments.