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Suicide Prevention Training for Resident Assistants: Results of the Northwest Training Model
Jackie Kibler and April Haberyan
Currently in the United States suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students (Commission on Adolescent Suicide Prevention, 2005). The number of college students who commit suicide is difficult to obtain since most surveys list the age range as 15-24. According to the Big Ten Student Suicide Study ( Maris, Berman, & Silverman, 2000), the overall student suicide rate on college campuses was 7.5 per 100,000. In addition, the Big Ten study reported that forty-six percent of student suicides occurred in the 20 to 24-year-old age group. To help campuses cope with student suicide , there was a call for the implementation of effective suicide prevention programs. The suicide prevention training used in this study is part of a larger comprehensive suicide prevention program that was implemented at a Midwestern University.