The Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative, a collaboration between San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies and Wise Wishes, is conducting field/participatory research to study the efficacy of a novel, workshop-based approach to instilling and promoting self-management skills among youth, particularly with regard to self-esteem, emotional intelligence, fitness, and healthy habits.
Our nation’s youth face alarming rates of violence, suicide, and destructive habits and conditions such as dropping out of school and obesity. Many of the problems are attributed to stress, anxiety, poor nutrition, and disadvantageous socioeconomic factors that adolescents, teenagers, and college students experience. Students are often under pressure from their families, worry about finances, and struggle with adjustment and attachment issues.
According to the Center for Disease Control (2010 Census), teenagers diagnosed with depression are five times more likely than adults to attempt suicide, which is the second leading cause of death among 20-24 year old college students. Twenty-five percent of students who visit university health centers for routine care report being depressed and 10 percent of students report having suicidal thoughts.
These harmful symptoms are becoming more common as preventative public health measures are increasingly underfunded and private treatment programs are increasingly cost prohibitive for many families, especially in marginalized communities. Today, public schools have fewer resources for counseling services to address these issues.
Many of the problems are attributed to stress, anxiety, poor nutrition, and disadvantageous socioeconomic factors that adolescents, teenagers, and college students experience.