Last week was suicide prevention week. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students and the third leading cause of death for young Americans age 15 to 24. So how is your campus part of the solution?
This very useful graphic shows the signs leading up to suicide. For teens, early signs include: reckless behavior, change in sleep, withdrawal, substance abuse, etc. These and other coping mechanisms may evolve into more serious conditions when the current or earlier adverse experience is not resolved. What impresses me and gives me hope about this information is that all of these signs are actually symptoms of unresolved trauma. A trauma is a shock that can have lasting effects; it is a response to a real or perceived threat of danger or loss that overwhelms a person’s usual coping ability.
While we may not be able to avoid all adverse experiences, we can certainly be institutions, communities and individuals who are trauma informed and trauma sensitive, so that we live and work in the kinds of environments that interrupt the downward cycle and promote resilience. Would you like to know how your institution can help reduce unresolved trauma symptoms? Would you like to know how many in the K-12 world are increasing student success among the most at risk students?
Join me for a FREE webinar on Institutional Trauma and Academic Success on September 29, either 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. PST. Click on the Register link below:
If you missed the last webinar on Institutional Cultural Competency Development, here's a link. Consider how the model I presented might be useful for you to reflect on your own organization and what the next step would be for your organization to be more effective. I welcome your feedback and offer you a conversation to discuss your current efforts, challenges and lessons learned as you move forward in this work.
Jaime Romo, Ed.D.