Dr. Terri Erbacher, a school psychologist with the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, has created a tool to better monitor students when they return to school after attempting suicide, writes Lynne Adkins for CBS Philly.
According to Erbacher, who’s also a clinical associate professor of psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, the tool works well in keeping a close watch on children at risk.
“There are fluctuations in suicide risks that can be daily or even within about four hours,” she said. “We meet with the students and look at the major triggers and then we’re assessing for risk.”
She said that some students have suicidal thoughts all the time. The rating from 1-10 can let educators know when a student needs help. When suicide risk is regularly assessed, educators can step in quickly to prevent a tragedy, she said.
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