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Depression & Teen Suicide
Transcript of Depression & Teen Suicide
RMS 8th Grade Health
Helping Someone Who Is Suicidal
Definition & Statistics
Depression is a mood disorder in which people lose interest in life and can no longer find enjoyment in anything. (Merki, Cleary and Hubbard, 98)
Signs & Symptoms
2 Main Types:
1. Talk Therapy (Counseling)
2. Biological Therapy (Medication)
(Merki, Cleary and Hubbard, 102)
3rd leading cause of death for teenagers (4,400 per year)
Warning Signs of Suicide:
Lack of energy
Listen - Give that person your full attention and don't interrupt.
Talk - Say things that are positive and encouraging and that make your friend feel loved and supported.
Get Help - Talk to a trusted adult to get the help your friend needs.
Statistics, Reasons &
Now, let's compare what the teens said in the video to the information in Figure 4.4 on page 98 in the health textbook. (Merki, Cleary and Hubbard)
Figure 4.2 Major Depressive Episode in the Past Year Among Youths Aged 12-17, by Gender: 2004-2012
Let's watch this documentary about two people who struggled with suicidal tendencies.
What circumstances would cause people to see suicide as the answer to their problems?
There are 2 main categories:
1. Abrupt life changes (i.e. death of a
2. Feeling like life isn't normal (i.e.
Conroy, Erin. "Suicide Survivor." Online video
clip. YouTube. YouTube, 29 Oct. 2012. Web. 23 July 2014.
Families for Depression Awareness. "Signs and Symptoms of
Teenage Depression." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 23 Sept. 2010. Web. 23 July 2014.
Merki, Mary Bronson, Michael J. Cleary, and
Betty M. Hubbard.
Teen Health, Course 3.
New York: Glencoe McGraw-Hill, 2003.
"Results from the 2012 National Survey on
Drug Use and Health: Mental Health
U.S. Department of Health and
. SAMHSA, 2013. Web. 23
"Why Do Teens Want to Kill Themselves?"
. care2, 30 April 2013. Web. 23 July 2014
("Why Do Teens Kill Themselves?")
(Merki, Cleary and Hubbard, 99)
Source: "Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA, 2013. Web. Figure 4-2.
1 in 25 teens has attempted suicide. 1 in 8 has thought about it.
There are 100 suicide attempts for every death caused by suicide
14% of high schoolers have thought about suicide. 7% have attempted it.
Withdrawal from friends & family
Loss of interest
Taking unnecessary risks
Talking about suicide
Giving away personal possessions