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Learning about Suicide

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on 6 April 2017

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Transcript of Learning about Suicide

Learning about Suicide:
What you can do to help or get help

Facts about Suicide
*
2nd leading cause of death
in teenagers and young adults between the ages of 10 and 24
*More teens die from suicide than any of these following diseases
COMBINED:
cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, flu, and pneumonia.
*
Teenage suicide is preventable.
When a person is depressed, they are NOT thinking, feeling, or acting the way they normally do. We must get them help, to get them back on track. We must
learn what the warning signs are and who is at higher risk

SUICIDE MYTHS CLEARED
Risk and Warning Signs
Getting or Giving HELP!
When people talk about suicide they are just doing it for attention.
TRUE
They NEED attention. There is something that is going on that they need help with and the counselors can help. This doesn't mean that they aren't serious it just means they NEED help
TRUE or FALSE
If someone really wants to die, there is no way to stop them
FALSE
They are depressed and need help. With help they can get better and find better solutions to LIVE!
True or False
FALSE
It is the exact opposite. NOT talking about suicide can make it worse and make someone feel more lonely. Talking can help bring understanding and bring in help.
TRUE or FALSE
Once someone is suicidal
they will be that way forever.
TRUE or FALSE
Suicide happens
without warning.
FALSE
MOST suicidal people give clues and warning signs. They write notes, post things on social media, or tell you even in a joking manner. Take them seriously and always tell someone!
TRUE or FALSE
Talking about suicide with
someone who is suicidal will
cause them to complete.
FALSE
Suicidal thoughts are usually temporary and once someone gets help they can go on to lead happy lives!
Serious Depression
*Constant sad mood
*Hopeless
*Not caring
*Anxiety
*Withdrawing from people
*Not sleeping or too much sleep
*Eating issues
*Not interested it doing things that they normally liked to do.

Other Signs
*Alcohol or drug use
*Taking unnecessary risks
*Being impulsive
*Talk of suicide
*Saying that they wish to die
"Wish I wasn't here, I don't want to live, be here tomorrow, no one would care if I was gone. "
* Giving away things
*Sudden change from really sad to calm or happy

Plan Making
*Finding or collecting things to commit suicide
*Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
*Making arrangements with things
* Giving away of prized possessions
Higher Risk
*Previous attempts
*Family history of suicide
*Recent severe loss
*Recent trouble or family changes
*Illness or mental illness
* Weapons in home
* Physical or sexual abuse
Things you can do to help YOURSELF.
1. Make and stay in contact with an adult you trust.
2. Get connected or participate in school in someway
3. Talk with the school counselor to learn coping skills, learn ways to get help, or to just talk.
4. Consider talking with a doctor to make sure you are in good health.
5. Talk with your parents
6. Do not self medicate
Give help by Showing You Care
Ways to show you care:
*take the person seriously
*listen
*don't worry about saying something wrong, just be there to listen and really care

**BE GENUINE!
Ask clear questions
Ask questions and be direct but not confrontational

Ask
" Have you told your parents or an adult?"
or
" Have you seen a doctor?"
or
" Have you talked to the school counselor?"

Don't hesitate to ask the person about their desire to commit suicide. It will not make it worse and you won't be putting the idea more in their heads.

Take them to an Adult
Reassure your friend that there are tons of people that want to help them.

If you are at school take them to the counselor
If you are at home take them to an adult

If they resist you can always come tell the counselor or a parent without them.


More tips!
Do not keep this information to yourself.
ALWAYS tell an adult.
Don't make judgement calls, leave that up to the adults

you can always report anonymously.
Here is how!
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