The Power of Choice: DEPRESSION and SUICIDE
-For grades 9-12
-Featuring Michael Pritchard
-Video with Printable Teacher’s Guide
-Available on DVD or Online Digital Video Streaming
This program, which was videotaped in two high schools still reverberating from recent suicides, presents a clear-minded look at what to do if you or someone you care about is at risk. Featuring youth counselor Michael Pritchard
- To sensitize young people to some of the warning signs of suicide.
- To provide some guidelines for how to respond to a potential suicide victim.
- To suggest ways of getting help when they, or someone they care about, is at risk.
This program, which was videotaped in two high schools still reverberating from recent suicides, presents a clear-minded look at what to do if you or someone you care about is at risk. Comedian/youth counselor Michael Pritchard and teens in Phoenix and South Bend, Indiana identify the signs frequently exhibited by people who are at risk for suicide and discuss the recommended procedures for intervening. In addition, they examine ways of coping with the depression and stress that often leads to suicide, and encourage people to ask for help when they feel themselves at risk. As one student emphatically puts it: “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”
Approximate runtime: 28 min.
ABOUT THE VIDEO SERIES:
Used as a springboard for group discussion, The Power of Choice series is highly effective at triggering teenagers to talk openly about their personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences, and to look critically at how they make choices. Each program comes with a printable teaching guide filled with discussion questions, group activities, and writing assignments.
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