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Running head: Benchmark – Capstone Project Change Proposal Capstone Project Change Proposal Lauren A. Taylor Grand Canyon University: NRS -492 May 2, 2020 1
Benchmark – Capstone Project Change Proposal Increased Suicide among Teens Evidence-based solutions and nursing interventions were discussed during this capstone change proposal project in concerns to the increase in suicide among teens. Organized in different section, this paper discusses and explores the issue and solution appropriately. To help summarize valued information for this project, essential evidence-based information and data was reviewed. From the corrective criticism from my mentor, professor, and manager, there was corrections, changes, and clarifications that were made. Decreasing suicide rates among teens is the primary focus on the proposal to bring changes in appropriate evidence-based nursing practice. Background Teenage years can be some of the most difficult that a young adolescent will face in their lifetime. At times, they can be confused, and problems may arise as many different life stressors and pressures come to the surface. Many have mental health issues that go undetected or unseen as teens are struggling with finding their identity, learning to communicate, and dealing with interpersonal relationships. Many are hopeless and see suicide as the only way to solve their problems, as they believe they would be better off dead. In the United States, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death by adults, but is the second leading cause of death among adolescents (Lee, 2019). Problem Statement When we think of children and young adolescence, we think of one that is smiling, laughing, and full of life. However, in the modern world today it is a place where children as young as eight are taking their own life and committing suicide (Maurer, 2019). Youth are committing suicide not only from one’s imagination or personal knowledge, but 2
Benchmark – Capstone Project Change Proposal inspiration is being resulting from the internet and other people. With the increase of teenage suicide nationwide, it is imperative for everyone to act and prevent another young life lost. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (2015), over the past 15 years, the total suicide rates have increased twenty-four percent to 10.5 per 1000,000. Reviewing several research articles, there are many that show the great impact with the use of suicide screening surveys and prevention programs for the adolescent target group ages thirteen through nineteen. Purpose of Change Proposal To decrease the rate of suicide among teens is the main purpose of this change proposal project. Long lasting solutions can be discovered when exploring new intervention and gaining knowledge. There are many ways that an adolescent is interviewed and screened for suicide, but the intervention is not strong enough that the rates are decreasing. This author believes that there is a lack of understanding the severity of intervening during a crisis. This change proposal

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