As this week’s Learning Resources present, 15–20% of adolescents experience major depression and up to 30% experience extreme sadness. In addition, suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15–24 year-olds and approximately 4,500 young people die from suicide each year. As Dr. Sommers-Flanagan points out in this week’s video program, identifying and helping teens at risk for depression and/or suicide is especially difficult for professionals and parents because teens tend to be highly secretive about these feelings and behaviors. Thus, it is more critical than ever for professionals to have strategies in place to cultivate strong relationships with the adolescents with whom they work, so that young people are comfortable seeking help from trusted adults and so that professionals can better recognize and help teens at risk. In this Discussion, you will reflect on factors that might contribute to depression and suicide among teens, as well as consider how these issues might best be addressed with adolescents. Reflect on the following:
What factors do you think contribute most to adolescent depression and suicide? Why?
What do you think might be done to reduce the rate of depression and suicide among adolescents? In this week’s video program, Dr. Sommers-Flanagan emphasizes the need for professionals to be vigilant, to forge strong bonds, and to make sure adolescents know that adults care about them. What specific actions or strategies can parents, school leaders, professionals who work with adolescents, and/or community members take to do this, and on a larger scale, prevent/treat depression and prevent suicide among teens?
With these thoughts in mind, follow the instructions below to post your response to this Discussion topic.
Post an explanation of your thoughts on the factors that contribute most to rates of adolescent depression and suicide in the U.S. Then, describe at least three specific strategies that you think adults who care for or work with adolescents might take to reduce rates of depression and prevent suicide among teens. Be sure to use the Learning Resources to support your thinking.
population found this perplexing due to the cultural belief in “two-spirit” or what can be considered a third gender (Morgensen. 2012). With the colonization of the indigenous population Europeans were able to instill their beliefs about gender and sex, eventually this became a tool in their quest for dominance (Manning, 2019). Additionally it can be suggested that it created the foundation of a hierarchical system in the Americas and the Caribbean society knows toady. In short the institution of gender was the beginnings of colonial power around the world. With the concept of hierarchy forced on the indigenous colonizers were able to justify gendered violence, because of the man over woman ideal. Gendered violence played an important role in the shaping of colonial societies and establishing power and it continued to be a tool of retaining power during post-colonisation and modern day conflict. It is clear that even in modern day society there is a large amount of inequality throughout the world in terms of men’s and women’s opportunities, and unfortunately the inequalities can become amplified during times of conflict. During World War 1 80% of casualties were soldiers, during the Vietnam War 80% of casualties were civilians mostly women and children (Fagan,1999). This is an example of an extremely concerning trend and that is that women and children have become tools and pawns in conflicts to gain or retain power on both international and national levels. As instability in security increases the risk of sexual violence also increases all across the board for men, women, and children. The use of sexual violence is used a psychological tactic to control and weaken communities through loss of social cohesion. Colonization and war both contributed to the objectification and demoralization use of sexual violence to carry out the task at hand. We see this with early colonizers who were quick to brutalize native women and exploit their newly taken power. A more modern examples would be the conflicts in Rwanda, Uganda, and Bosnia–Herzegovina, which saw sexual violence used as a systemic tool of war; but also can be used to control populations in times of peace (Close, 2011). The use of sexual violence reinforces gender stereotypes in societies both developed and developing, especially the idea that conflict is a male dominated.>GET ANSWER