Solution for School Shootings: An Annotated Bibliography
A Cry for Help. Films on Demand. Films Media Group, 2009. Web. 21 Oct. 2015.
The PBS film "A Cry for Help", examines teen suicides and mass shootings. In the past 50 to 60 years the rate of teen suicides have more than doubled. There is 1 in 7 teens that have considered suicide and out of those attempts about 90% went unnoticed by anyone. Teens are having to take medications for their depression and attempted suicides, and some of these medications have side effects. These medications can generate large amounts of anger where the teen takes it out on another person. Organizations like Helping Hands, Character and Challenge Day have been formed to help these teens with their anger and depression; along with other situations. Organizations like these help by listening to the problems that teens are having, whether it is at home or in school. Christopher Lucas, who has been a psychiatrist for more than 15 years has also created the STEPS program to help teens online. Other programs have been made to help in the prevention of teen suicides with interventions for early depression.
I didn't realize that there were so many teens with depression and suicidal thoughts, and that this could also lead to mass shootings. The film has made me realize that these Organizations are needed in all schools to help prevent suicides among teens. However, the programs have not offered concrete solutions to the problems of teen suicide or the prevention of mass shootings. There would need to be more research on these subjects but I do believe that the programs are a good start in helping with prevention of suicide among teens.
I would consider Character Day or the Helping Hands organization to be my proposed solution.