Depression and Suicide Intervention

Evidence-based interventions are critical for social workers who wish to positively impact the lives of the people they work with. In particular, evidence-based interventions are very useful when addressing adolescent depression and suicide as they usually give desired results. One such intervention is the adolescent coping with depression intervention developed by Clarke et al. (2001). This intervention is based on cognitive behavioral therapy randomized studies using groups of adolescents experiencing depression. This intervention can be delivered in a clinical or school setting. It majorly involves role playing exercises, education activities and homework assignments to assist adolescents use learned CBT skills in coping with depression (Ruffolo, & Fischer, 2009).

Brady presents certain risk factors which increase his likelihood for depression and suicide such as difficulty concentrating both in school and at home. Additionally, Brady shows social withdrawal and isolation as he has no desire to attend school. He is also irritable and impulsive, and often in trouble at school. This rebelliousness and irresponsible behavior points to depression. Finally, although it has been three years, Brady could still be grieving the death of his mother. Her loss may trigger feelings of hopelessness, thus triggering depression.

The first thing in my plan intervention for Brady is to get him in a group of four to seven others like him who understand how he feels as a way of dealing with self-isolation. Secondly, I would ensure that Brady learns about problem-solving skills in the group to assist him avoid trouble in school as well as develop a healthy relationship with his father. Thirdly, I would incorporate pleasant activities in the group to assist in improving mood. Fourth and most importantly, I would make sure to assign him homework’s based on cognitive restructuring to ensure that he is able to capture negative thoughts and adjust accordingly. Application of this intervention would help Brady cope with depression and avoid an eventual suicide.


Clarke, G. N., Hornbrook, M., Lynch, F., Polen, M., Gale, J., Beardslee, W., O’Connor, E., … Seeley, J. (December 01, 2001). A Randomized Trial of a Group Cognitive Intervention for Preventing Depression in Adolescent Offspring of Depressed Parents. Archives of General Psychiatry, 58, 12, 1127.

Ruffolo, M. C., & Fischer, D. (May 01, 2009). Using an evidence-based CBT group intervention           model for adolescents with depressive symptoms: lessons learned from a school-based            adaptation. Child & Family Social Work, 14, 1, 189-197.

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