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Suicide Prevention (presentation for teens)

A brief suicide prevention presentation for teens. group activity, facts, myths, and what you know now.

Diana Bernard

on 6 December 2010

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Transcript of Suicide Prevention (presentation for teens)

What is suicide? facts about suicide myths about suicide who to talk to about suicide national suicidal prevention lifeline 1.800.273.talk(8255) free 24 hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Suicide is the intentional taking of one's own life Approximately 34,000 people die every year due to suicide. (that's 1 person every 16 minutes)

This is twice as many people than those who die from HIV/AIDS

Since 2001 about 600 soliders have died per year in Iraq and Afghanistan during the war, totalling about 5,000 soliders. In 9 years more than 180,000 people have died from suicide Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds

This is about 10% of all deaths in this age group Approximately 74% of all suicides tested positive for at least one substance (alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin)

Alcohol is the most common substance risk factors Suicidal thoughts and ideation
Statements about hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness
Impulsive behavior, unnecessary risk taking
Giving away of prized possessions
Pre-existing psychiatric disorders
Drug/alcohol abuse
Previous suicide attempts
Access to firearms (83% of all gun-related deaths in the home are suicide related) "People who talk about suicide won't really do it."

Not True. Almost everyone who commits or attempts suicide has given some clue or warning. Do not ignore suicide threats. Statements like "you'll be sorry when I'm dead," "I can't see any way out," -- no matter how casually or jokingly said, may indicate serious suicidal feelings.
"Anyone who tries to kill him/herself must be crazy."

Not True. Most suicidal people are not psychotic or insane. They may be upset, grief-stricken, depressed or despairing, but extreme distress and emotional pain are always signs of mental illness and are not signs of psychosis. "If a person is determined to kill him/herself, nothing is going to stop him/her."

Not True. Even the most severely depressed person has mixed feelings about death, and most waver until the very last moment between wanting to live and wanting to die. Most suicidal people do not want to die; they want the pain to stop. The impulse to end it all, however overpowering, does not last forever. "People who commit suicide are people who were unwilling to seek help."

Not True. Studies of suicide victims have shown that more than half had sought medical help within six months before their deaths and a majority had seen a medical professional within 1 month of their death. "Talking about suicide may give someone the idea."

Not True. You don't give a suicidal person morbid ideas by talking about suicide. The opposite is true -- bringing up the subject of suicide and discussing it openly is one of the most helpful things you can do. School counselor/social worker
Parent/responsible adult
School resource officer
Pastor/clergy member/youth leader
First Call for Help (509) 838-4428
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
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