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2017 DC SP 101

This suicide prevention 101 presentation is intended to cover the basics of suicide prevention and provide background for films entered into the suicide prevention category.
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Transcript of 2017 DC SP 101

Risk Factors

Life circumstances and problems associated with suicide
Traumatic Life Events:
Death of a loved one
Loss of major relationship
Bullying, as victim or bully
Victim of injury, loss or violence
The most important thing is to trust your instincts.

If you think someone might be at risk for suicide, then you need to talk to them.

Warning Signs
Each of us can
feel overwhelmed by different events and troubles in our lives.

Keep in mind,
we all react differently when we feel overwhelmed...
What you should know
about
suicide
prevention...
But what
should I say?

Hundreds of
Directing Change films are available for viewing and download at
www.DirectingChange.org

They are being used in a variety of mental health and suicide prevention awareness efforts around
the state.
A reminder!
You can also get support via text
from
The Crisis Text Line
:


Indications that someone may be thinking about suicide, now or in the future
Remember, you don't have to do this alone.
Suicide Prevention 101
Express your concern

Listen attentively and non-judgmentally

Reflect what they share and let them know they have been heard
Ask them:

"Are you thinking
about suicide?"

If you don't feel comfortable asking this question, that is OK. But it is important that you find someone who can, like a trusted adult.

Tell them they are not alone

Let them know that help is available
Your call is free and confidential.
Risk Factors are
not
causes of suicide. Instead, they are circumstances that might make it more likely someone will consider suicide.
Abuse
School or work problems
Depressive disorders
Previous Suicide Attempts
Information contained in this presentation is based on two sources:

Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools (SAMHSA)

YouthSuicideWarningSigns.org

If you are concerned about someone, ask yourself the following questions.


Has your friend or family member shown or shared any of the following:
Be open and direct,

We have to talk about suicide to prevent it from happening....
If they are thinking about suicide, reach out for help
immediately
. Talk to an adult you trust about your concerns.

You can also call
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
(800)273-8255

www.DirectingChange.org
These initiatives
are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Health Services Authority (CalMHSA)
The Directing Change Program is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.
Through the program schools are provided prevention programs, materials, and resources for their campus...
The Directing Change Program is centered around a film contest to engage youth and young adults on the topics of mental health and suicide prevention...
To learn more, view the short educational films listed below at www.DirectingChange.org on the "For Youth" page:

Suicide Prevention 101
How to Help a Friend
To learn more
about mental health and
suicide prevention, visit:

www.EachMindMatters.org


www.SuicideIsPreventable.org

Talking about wanting to die, be dead, or about suicide, or are they cutting or burning themselves?
Are they...?
Feeling like things may never get better...
Seeming like they are in terrible emotional pain
(like something is wrong deep inside but they can't make it go away)...
Or struggling to deal with a big loss in their life?
Or is your gut telling you to
be worried because they have...

Withdrawn from everyone and everything...
Have become more worried or on edge...
Seem unusually angry...

Or just don't seem normal to you?

Ask them if they are okay and listen to them like a true friend
Tell them you are worried and concerned about them

Tell them they are not alone
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