How EduGuide Saves Lives

The number of students struggling with suicide is rising and is now the second leading cause of death among Americans aged 10 to 34. Suicide and anxiety levels have been surging on college campuses and new research published in Pediatrics finds students ages 5 to 17 visited children’s hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts about twice as often in 2015 as in 2008, with older adolescents at higher risk.

In response to these surging rates of teen suicide, as well as self-harm and other violence, EduGuide has been researching and developing more and more layers of protection to keep students safe and thriving. As referenced in this case study and video, schools and colleges are increasingly using EduGuide to reduce anxiety and the risk of students harming themselves and others. Later this fall, EduGuide will be introducing our newest tool: the Crisis Catcher.

Crisis Catcher

EduGuide’s reflective online writing platform provides students a safe space in which they journal about their goals, setbacks and how to tackle challenges in their life. Teachers and counselors can respond to students with mentoring comments; it’s a vital way to support students at risk. EduGuide’s new Crisis Catcher will enable earlier detection of students whose writing indicates they may be at risk of harming themselves or others. Upon detection, EduGuide will automatically respond to the student on how they can get immediate help and will then notify school staff who can provide additional support on campus.

Support for the Whole Student

Built on decades of social and emotional research, EduGuide’s model is designed to address students’ needs holistically. That’s because regardless of their grades, every student’s success is shaped by how they handle the things that can get in the way of that success. EduGuide’s multilayered system includes:

    1. Reducing anxiety. 4-in-5 students say that EduGuide makes them more self-motivated and most report EduGuide helps them manage stress better and bounce back faster from setbacks.
    2. Creating a network of first responders. Students are trained how to mentor, encourage and support their peers, so they can be the first to step in when they see someone who needs help.
    3. Improving healthy behaviors. Students achieve significant improvements in a range of areas such as relationships, sleep and building positive habits.
    4. Growing professional development. Teachers and others gain a greater understanding of their students’ social and emotional challenges and how to more effectively coach them.
    5. Strengthening RTI. EduGuide makes it easier for staff to collaborate in tracking and supporting students. It can even be used to include offsite mentors or other support personnel.
    6. Building a positive climate and culture. EduGuide’s campus-wide program builds a community of purpose where all staff and students practice new ways of encouraging each other weekly.
    7. Improving trauma recovery. Staff and students can use EduGuide’s control group studied activity to measurably improve recovery from traumatic events in their lives.

In short, catching a crisis starts with EduGuide’s proactive program to grow social emotional strengths and networks of support that create a community where both students and staff can thrive.

Learn more by scheduling an informational presentation for your leadership team.


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