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As we recognize International Day for Tolerance and Suicide Survivors Day, explore our site this month for information related to tolerance and suicide prevention.
This annual observance is held on November 16 to educate people on the need for tolerance in society and to improve understanding of the negative effects of intolerance. Below are links to articles and news about tolerance.
By Peg Christopher, PhD and Karen Watson, MS
Each year, millions of dollars are spent to enhance the public health and safety of infants, children, and adolescents in the United States. These prevention efforts play a critically important role in improving the health and well-being of children, adolescents, and young adults, but don’t go far enough.
by Patricia Grace
has shown that approximately 15 percent of the population
at school or in the workplace is openly involved with bullying. It is the youth
of today who will be the source of success to put a stop to the behavior.
In a world that continues to become more connected and where geographic barriers are being erased with the Internet, the importance of tolerance is an important issue. To generate public awareness and emphasize the dangers of intolerance and to promote tolerance and education, the International Day for Tolerance is observed on November 16.
International Survivors of Suicide Day is an annual program organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to support survivors of suicide loss. The AFSP commemorates this day through conferences where healing is promoted and survivors that have lost someone to suicide share their experiences with coping and grief. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences would like to help educate and spread awareness on suicide prevention. Visit our Center for Public Service faculty articles, news stories, or spotlights to learn more about suicide prevention.
By Nicole Hamilton, MS
Suicide prevention has become both a national and worldwide focus (International Association for Suicide Prevention [IASP], 2011; World Health Organization [WHO], 2011). Over 3,000 people end their lives each day worldwide, with an additional 300 individuals who make unsuccessful suicide attempts.
By Lisa Wright, PT, PhD
Recognizing issues that can trigger feelings of depression and suicidal thoughts is a big part of preventing suicide. It is important for people to understand the risk factors and signs of a possible suicide threat, and to seek professional help when needed.
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) reported that 90 percent of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death. AFSP is a nonprofit organization that recognizes this as a serious public health issue and works to reduce the loss of life from suicide.
For more than 10 years, this unique non-profit organization has worked to inspire and empower LGBT youth by connecting them with happy, successful LGBT adult professionals in their community. Live Out Loud has brought hundreds of LGBT role models to high schools and universities throughout the New York metropolitan area to take part in panel discussions and workshops and to speak directly with students.
Bullying isn’t just one of the many trials and tribulations of childhood. It is a serious, sometimes life-threatening problem that plagues both our schools and our community. The federal government’s anti-bullying campaign, StopBullying.gov, provides the public with information on bullying behavior, who is at risk, and ways to prevent and deal with bullying.
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