How can peer support intervention help to prevent suicides among female high school students?
Female high school students are at elevated risk of suicide. Peer support interventions, when implemented properly, can reduce the incidence of suicidal thoughts or attempts among this population.
Suicide is a leading cause of death for young people. Suicide prevention efforts have been shown to be effective when they are used in a targeted way on specific populations that are at higher risk than others. One such group is female high school students, who are more likely to attempt suicide than other groups of secondary school-aged young people. This increased risk has been linked to feelings of anxiety and depression, as well as feelings of isolation and hopelessness that can contribute to suicidal behavior in vulnerable individuals.
Peer support intervention has been shown to reduce the incidence of suicide among female high school students by helping them feel less alone and providing them with a network of support that can serve as a protective factor against suicidal thoughts or behavior. The peer support intervention approach also helps students develop resiliency skills and social support networks that can help them to work through challenges they face in their lives without resorting to self-harm or attempting suicide.