Invest in the Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative
The Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative, a collaboration between San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies and Wise Wishes, is conducting field/participatory research to study the efficacy of a novel, workshop-based approach to instilling and promoting self-management skills among youth, particularly with regard to self-esteem, emotional intelligence, fitness, and healthy habits.
The Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative invites you to become a partner in saving and improving the lives of youth by investing in this important research initiative.
Youth Face Alarming Rates of Violence, Suicide, and Destructive Habits
Our nation’s youth face alarming rates of violence, suicide, and destructive habits and conditions such as dropping out of school and obesity. Many of the problems are attributed to stress, anxiety, poor nutrition, and disadvantageous socioeconomic factors that adolescents, teenagers, and college students experience. Students are often under pressure from their families, worry about finances, and struggle with adjustment and attachment issues.
According to the Center for Disease Control (2010 Census), teenagers diagnosed with depression are five times more likely than adults to attempt suicide, which is the second leading cause of death among 20-24 year old college students. Twenty-five percent of students who visit university health centers for routine care report being depressed and 10 percent of students report having suicidal thoughts.
These harmful symptoms are becoming more common as preventative public health measures are increasingly underfunded and private treatment programs are increasingly cost prohibitive for many families, especially in marginalized communities. Today, public schools have fewer resources for counseling services to address these issues.
Achieving Effective Harm Reduction through Integrative Preventive Group Interventions
While there are various strategies for tackling the problems that youth face as well as a number of studies on the effectiveness of various forms of group therapy (cognitive, behavioral, etc.), little focus has been given to integrative, educational preventive approaches. The Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative will bridge the gap in this research by evaluating if the skill-based, social network and workshop programs implemented by Wise Wishes can serve as an effective intervention in reducing factors associated with violence, suicide and other destructive behavioral patterns. The study will examine the connection between an individual’s emotional intelligence, coping skills and other aspects of character with the effects of environment in improving their well-being, self-esteem and ability to negotiate volatile situations with non-aggressive alternatives.
The goals of the Wise Wishes workshops are:
- decreasing feelings of isolation
- building community by nurturing a sense of belonging
- teaching new life skills and promoting resilience by modeling healthy behaviors
The Initiative will study the efficacy of the Wise Wishes workshops among different age groups including college students and high school students with parent involvement. The workshops for college students are conducted at San Francisco State University. The workshops for high school students will be conducted at select schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Following the localized studies, Wise Wishes intends to scale up the successes of the comprehensive intervention program to high schools and colleges throughout the region.
Invest in the Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative
The Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative invites you to become a partner in saving and improving the lives of youth by investing in the field studies of this important research initiative. An investment of:
- $110,000 could fund a field study with a cohort of 50 college students in the self-esteem and emotional intelligence workshops for a year (45 hours)
- $220,000 could fund a cohort of 50 high school students and 50 parents in the self-esteem and emotional intelligence workshops for a year (48 hours)
- $300,000 could fund a cohort of 50 high school students and 50 parents in the self-esteem and emotional intelligence workshops for a year (48 hours) plus fitness and healthy habits classes for the students (144 hours)
The annual cost per person participating in a field study's self-esteem and emotional intelligence workshops is approximately $2,200. This cost is significantly less compared to one-to-one counseling from a private practitioner ($7,200 at a $150 hourly rate) to achieve similar results. A donation of $1,200 ($100 monthly donation) could sponsor half of the cost of a student participating in the self-esteem and emotional intelligence classes for one year and forever change the student's life for the better.
It’s easy to support the Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative. You may make a donation online or by mailing a check payable to the “University Corporation, San Francisco State” with “Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative” noted on the memo line. The mailing address is:
San Francisco State University
Office of University Development
1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 153
San Francisco, CA 94132
For more information about supporting the Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative, please contact Alex Sánchez, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 338-1032.
We gratefully acknowledge donors to the Violence and Suicide Prevention Initiative!
Parrot Brand - Sun Hing Foods, Inc.
The Furthur Foundation
Rotary Club of Mill Valley