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Teen Suicide

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Christina Mascolo

on 28 February 2014

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Transcript of Teen Suicide

Mental, Emotional and Social Issues
that cause teens to leave too soon
Teen Suicide
what is anxiety?
what are some examples for a teen?
anxiety disorders
schizophrenia: severe mental disorder in which people lose contact with reality.
personality disorders
(def) a person undergoes changes in mood that seem inappropriate or extreme
mood disorders
many teens become depressed because they feel lonely or isolated from their peers
clinical depression
some teens suffer from unreasonable or too much anxiety
(definition) a condition in which intense anxiety or fear keeps a person from functioning normally
(def) variety of psychological conditions that affect a person's ability to get along with others
people behave in unexpected ways and their thinking, mood personal relationships are changed
people who feel sad when life is good or happy for no apparent reason
bi-polar depression: go from feeling upbeat/energetic to feeling bored and tired for no reason
- hallucinations
-can not separate what is happening/what they imagine
- may believe they are someone they aren't
(def) mood disorder in which people lose interest in life and can no longer find enjoyment in anything
teen depression often leads to drug and alcohol abuse
work ethic
family life/income
personal life
sexual orientation
name calling/laughing

............what else???
school work
family life
death of a loved one
body image
peer pressure
future plans
Adolescent Suicide

every day, 14 people (ages 14-25) take their own lives

Warning Signs of Suicide

-lack of energy
- withdrawal from loved ones
- lack of interest in favorite activities
- no longer takes interest in personal appearance
- expressing suicidal thoughts or talks about death:
"The world would be better off without me"
"I'd be better off dead"


Mental Disorders
May Lead to Suicide
40% of US teens have experienced a mental disorder at some point

Most Common Mental Disorders
1. Anxiety
2. Behavior
3. Mood
4. Substance
Characteristics of an
Emotionally Well Person
-feel comfortable about themselves
-are capable of experiencing the full range of human emotions
-are not overwhelmed by their emotions
-accept life's disappointments
-feel comfortable with others
-receive and give love easily
-feel concern for others when appropriate
-establish goals
-generally trust others

What does this statement mean?
- Optimism / Pessimism
What does the glass represent?
- Your outlook
Recognizing Depression
- Frequent, sad mood
- No or low energy levels
- Not able to focus
- Would rather be alone all the time
- Sleep pattern changes
- Feel worthless to the world
- Lose care for things you liked
- Negative feelings
- Short-temper, angry at the world
- Talk about hurting/killing yourself
Do Something
Get Help
-Stand up for yourself
-Write down your feelings
-Listen to music
-Work out, do yoga
-Hug it out
Mental health therapy and treatments

Counseling:talking to a mental health professional to learn new ways of behaving or thinking

Anti-depressant drugs: affect brain activity and can only be prescribed by a doctor. what works for one person, may not work for another
May Lead to Suicide

At least
of all suicides in teenagers have because of bullying

Many people may not realize that there is also a link between
being a bully
and committing suicide

Statistic Statement:
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about
4,400 deaths per year
, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least
100 suicide attempts
. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.

10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide...why?

To This Day
Watch - Read - Reflect

What things in a teen's life affect their self esteem??
Rascal Flatts
Kermit says...
"It Gets Better!"
emotional needs
the need to feel worthwhile
the need to love and be loved
the need to belong
expressing anger
exercise self control
focus on what makes you angry
think of words to communicate your feelings
calmly tell the person how you feel
tell the person what you expect from them
website for teens

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