According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the suicide rate for individuals with mood disorders is 25 times greater than that

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the suicide rate for individuals with mood disorders is 25 times greater than that of the general population. As we learned in our readings, there is a dramatic increase in suicide rates among the elderly and adolescents. In this assignment, you will focus on . You will examine research on the numbers of victims, risk factors, warning signs, and prevention resources and will then develop a Suicide Prevention Fact Sheet for your assigned population. You will be assigned to research either the elderly or adolescent/teen population based on the 1st letter of your last name. (See Content Expectations for the assigned topic.) Fact sheets are short reports that present information in a readable and interesting format. They enable scientists and researchers to concisely summarize the results of research, so it is shareable with the public or other professionals. However, be aware that Fact Sheets are more than just random lists of words or numbers. A useful Fact Sheet has a clear organization and structure. It names the issue at hand, discusses relevance, gives data (usually numerical or statistical), describes interventions and makes recommendations. Because Fact Sheets summarize data in a report format, they must provide accurate citations and references for the sources. An example of a Fact Sheets is provided by the Child Welfare Information Gateway on (you will need to access this file) and the Fact Sheet provided on from SAMHSA. Most fact sheets are two to four pages in length. They should have a good balance of text (in a readable font), white space, and images or charts and graphs. An effective fact sheet is informative and visually interesting. Many use a two-column format, as well as color fonts, headers and photographs. . Pie charts or histograms with statistics are ideal for Fact Sheets. It is important to keep your audience in mind, as you write the text, for your Fact Sheet. Use headings throughout the Fact Sheet to guide your reader through the Fact Sheet. For the purposes of this assignment, assume you are working with an agency and are developing this Fact Sheet for distribution among the general public to inform them of either adolescent/teen or elderly suicide and prevention. This assignment will be graded according to the Fact Sheet Rubric.

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