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Capstone Project: Suicide Prevention
Transcript of Capstone Project: Suicide Prevention
750,000 people attempt suicide each year in the U.S.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds
1.3% of all deaths are from suicide After a person loses a loved one to suicide, it is common for them to feel guilty, almost as if it was their fault and they could have done something to prevent it. They can also become preoccupied with the idea of suicide. It provokes feelings of isolation and emptiness. If there are still memories of the deceased remaining in their life, they try to ignore them to the best of their ability. They also try not to remember the hobbies of that person, as well. Survivors of attempted suicide are all impacted by it in unique ways. Some are grateful. They believe that they were not sucessful for a reason. They use their failure in suicide as a way to have a more positive outlook on life. These people usually have moved on, at least slightly, from their depression. Others, though, wonder why it didn't work. They still want to die, and wish they were already dead. These people are more likely to attempt suicide again, or self harm. Suicide greatly affects the media. Suicide stories flood the internet and news. Some suicides even make people "famous". For example, if someone mentions the name Amanda Todd, most people will know at least that she committed suicide, and some will probably even know her story. It also inspires suicide prevention. This includes celeberties speaking out against suicide, trends on social media networks, suicide lifelines, and much more suicide support through the media. The cause of suicide isn't always a person, but when it is, they feel extreme guilt. If it's a single person alone who was, for example, bullying the victim of suicide, then they have a very high chance of being disliked and becoming depressed. When it's a group of bullies, they may become unpopular and disliked in school, but they will have each other to lean on. Ten years from now, when they open their high school yearbooks and flip to the page of whoever they made feel so terrible, they will remember when they forced them to end their own life. They will feel such guilt and hate themselves for what they did, even if they didn't even care when it actually happened. One of the most noticeable signs is when someone who is suicidal could begin or increase their usage of drugs and or alcohol. This means that person is getting close to hitting "rock bottom". They also may say that they feel like giving up or even coming out and saying that they wish they were dead. Keeping a lookout for some key signs like these are very important, and if going unnoticed can ultimately result in the person committing suicide. Also, a person could be giving away belongings, and even saying goodbye to people. At that point, looking for help for that person could mean their line of life or death and you could save their life. Finding someone to confide in with information like this can really help with the situation. This person could be a guidance counselor, a therapist, or even parents, and it is crucial that they are informed of what is happening. If they aren't in the loop of information, there isn't any possible way for them to help find some solutions on how to help the problem. Also, the longer you put off telling a trusted adult can have a negative impact on the suicidal person and everyone else, even if the suicidal person doesn't want anyone to know or to help. If you have questions, you can also contact a suicide hotline, and they can give you the relevant information needed to help the person. Overall, getting the information across to another person is important because the suicial person needs to be helped, not ignored. By: Allison Kellogg, Remy Tetreault, Hayley Andros, and Alyssa Schneider By: Allison Kellogg, Remy Tetreault, Hayley Andros, and Alyssa Schneider Suicide: Down to the Basics How can you tell if Someone is Suicidal? Remembering Them If your friend or loved one did make that final decision to commit suicide, you need to remember them. You must think of them when they were happy and healthy. Don't look back right before they passed away when they slowly and painfully locked themself out of the world, or when they blocked themself away from any communication whatsoever. No matter how much sadness it brings to you to lose someone very important in your life, you have to keep looking forward. Instead of remembering the past, look at the future and what it holds for you. Think of the memories and good times you had together. But, the number one thing to do is not to blame yourself. Don't assume that it's your fault or that you could've done something to prevent this from happening. Most people think that if they were there with them, they wouldn't have committed suicide. That is not true. There is a reason for every bad thing that might occur in your life. Yes, you will have to go through many hardships. But if you keeping looking ahead, you can accomplish anything. Q: About how many suicidal people come to you for guidance per year?
A: About 3 suicidal people come to me per year with thoughts of suicide. It’s not that many.
Q: In your opinion, is bullying a major cause of suicide, and/or suicidal thoughts?
A: Bullying is usually not a major cause of suicide. Maybe about 1/3 of people are bullied. Emotional concerns, family issues, and a whole bunch of things put together can cause someone to commit suicide, but bullying can be part of it.
Q: In your opinion, are family issues a major cause of suicide, and/or suicidal thoughts?
A: Yes, family issues are a major cause of suicide and suicidal thoughts because they can feel uncomfortable or violated.
Q: How do you respond to a person sharing their suicidal thoughts with you?
A: We have a protocol, so if a student were to say that they’re feeling down or they’re not feeling so good today, we would talk about it. If I think they’re heading in the direction of becoming suicidal, I would ask them if they have a plan because that’s important to know. I’ll usually have another adult with me so we can both listen to what the student is saying and get a better idea together.
Q: What do you do to help someone who has suicidal thoughts?
A: I would start by talking it through with them. If it’s very serious and they are very clear that they have a plan, we would call the Mobile Crisis Unit, where an ambulance would come here with a specialist. We would assess the student and see what their thoughts are. Or, we have the parents come in and take them to the family therapist or to the crisis innovation. So there are a lot of different things we could do when we know the student is being serious.
Q: Do you enjoy helping people who have thoughts of suicide?
A: I enjoy my job, but that part of it is not an enjoyable experience. I’m glad I’m part of a team that helps them, but I just wish that no one ever had those thoughts.
Q: In your opinion, does suicide negatively impact society?
A: Yeah. I think suicide happens a lot more than we would like it to and people get very hurt and it’s just so sad.
Q: In your experience, after a person commits suicide, how does it affect their family and friends?
A: I have never had a student commit suicide, but if it did happen, it would be devastating. Some people think that suicide is selfish, and people become so saddened where I don’t think the feelings would ever go away.
Q: In your opinion, is there a season or time of the year where people come to you most often with suicidal thoughts?
A: What we find here and when I worked at the high school, before a break (a Christmas break, April break, or summer), kids come and report more than usual because school provides structure in a sense. So when kids come home and they say that they’re going to be home for a week, they think that they can’t handle it. Something big usually happens the day before a break.
Q: In your opinion, what is the most common age group where people are suicidal or are having suicidal thoughts?
A: I would say probably middle school is the greatest age group where people are suicidal or are having suicidal thoughts.
Q: In your opinion, how does a person know that they need your guidance and/or are suicidal?
A: Their friends usually tell them that they need to go talk to someone. I think friends bring it to our attention more than the student themself. Also, a teacher can be concerned and tell us about the student.
Q: How do you think bullies feel after the person that they have harmed has committed suicide?
A: I think they would feel guilty. Hopefully they would’ve learned a lesson not to bully. Some of them might also be defensive where they think that there’s no way they could’ve done this to someone. There are probably a lot of feelings that they have.
Q: How do you think suicide can be prevented?
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