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Transcript: Increase protective factors: know resources, teach how to and who to Ask4Help! Decrease risk factors and suicidal ideation - reduce stigma around help-seeking behaviors and teach a simple life skill, giving a tool - the Ask 4 Help! Wallet card with the step-by-step guide to ask for help and national resource, 800-273-TALK (8255) The spirit of Yellow Ribbon is in it's people. Empowering communities and individuals through leadership, awareness and education; and by collaborating and partnering with support networks to save lives. Began in 1994 in response to heartfelt pleas from teens and adults after the death of a friend and love one, Mike Emme. Have a caring conversation (not a clinical assessment) 1. Breathe! Be genuine, caring, and show respect. 2. Don’t lie or make promises you cannot keep. 3. Tell them: “I’m glad you called/came/talked to me.” “How can I help?” “Let’s find someone who can help you get through this.” “You know what, I know someone in this building who can definitely talk to you about everything you have going on.” “It sounds like you have a lot going on, why don’t we take a walk down to the counselor together” “I’m so SAD to hear that this is happening to you, let’s get you connected to someone who can really listen.” Giving the critical first step "To ask for/get help" by providing tools and life skills so youth can: turn away from suicidal ideation (thinking) gain coping skills and mechanisms to deal with their issues strengthen help seeking behaviors Monica Lang, LPC NBCC Suicide Prevention Program Trainer Be A Link! Objectives for Adults Making Prevention Accessible by: "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." -Aristotle Save a life! Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program Respect - Honor - Love How to respond to a Ask4Help! Card

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Transcript: Helping people that... Why these issues? Because lives are more important than anything! Suicide Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 American's each year. An average of 1 person dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes. There are an estimated 8-25 attempted suicides to every 1 completion. Yellow Ribbon is the current school organization to help people having suicidal thoughts. We urge people to talk to us and to use their Yellow Ribbon cards. Self-Harm * 8%of middle school students have self harmed at least once. * 1 in 3 people who self-harm will do it again within a year * 1 in 10 people self harm * people who self harm are 50 times more likely to commit suicide 15% of high school students have self harmed at least once. 20% of college students have self harmed at least once. T-W-L-O-H-A- To Write Love ON Her Arms, is a non profit organization that aims to educate people on the issue of self harm and wish to end it. They hold concerts, benefits, and do anything to get the word out. Depression 121 million people worldwide suffer from depression. 30% of teens with depression will develop a substance abuse problem. Untreated depression is the number-one cause of suicide. Talking to people and medicine are the only ways to help with depression. The major reason why we need to incorporate these issues into our 24 coins is because these issues can co exist. Lives are being abruptly ended, and nothing matters more than saving lives. Co Exist- Depression can lead to self harm which can lead to suicide. Self harm can lead to depression which can lead to suicide. These issues do not always co exist, but in most cases they do. We can save lives by helping people with these issues! Obstacle 3 . Have in the past or are currently. People are the number one issue we should be focusing on at the moment. Obstacle 3 Work cited; Jill's Yellow Ribbon Packet she made last year. and We should focus our 24 coins on... Attempted suicide or have suicidal thoughts. Obstacle 1 Suicide Self Harm Depression Obstacle 2 Suffer from or have previously had. Start

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Transcript: Peers Peer pressure--Drugs or Alcohol, Sex, Breakups—dating, friendships Bullying--Being excluded, made fun of for gender identity, race, looks, grades, socioeconomic status, etc. Cyberspace—Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Instant messaging, texting, chat rooms, email Contacts in Your School (Counselor, Crisis Team Leader, Administrator) ASIST trained-Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Lynn Christensen Dawn Davies Ralph Hancock Andrew Granat Cassie D'Orazio Tiffany Ritchie Lawrence Chavers Nathan Frasier Steve Wolf Professional: Assessment & Referral Most common fears: Physical Changes Why is Suicide Awareness Important? Teen Teen friend Gatekeeper: Stay-Listen-Help Family Pressures Warning signs and clues Teacher Bus Driver Custodian Trusted Adult Gatekeeper: Stay-Listen-Help DO… Trust your gut! Always consult! Notice extreme changes in behavior Take every suicidal statement seriously Learn the warning signs and listen If you suspect someone is suicidal, ask about it! Get a professional to help—BE the LINK! Approximately 75-80% of those who attempt suicide tell someone about their intentions or exhibit signs and signals This fact provides us the opportunity to prevent suicide if we become aware of the signs and signals We can help SAVE a LIFE! Educating staff, parents, and students is the key to prevention! Approximately 35,000 people die yearly from suicide—that is about 18 per day In the US, about 6000 teens commit suicide yearly Colorado has the 7th highest rate of suicide in the country The Denver Metro area including Boulder and surrounding areas have the highest suicide rate among large US cities For every suicide completed there are 100 to 200 attempts 2nd leading cause of death for ages 15-24 The fastest growing age group is youth ages 10-14 Most common fears: Why Address Suicide? Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training for Adults Be-a-LINK! Yellow Ribbon What is Yellow Ribbon? Weight gain or weight loss Acne Puberty/Hormonal changes Depression or other mental illness Remember—this student has just given you a lifeline—he or she is asking for help! Some helpful questions/comments: “What can I do to help?” “We can get through this together.” “I‘m with you, and we will find help.” "Will you go with me to get help?” You are the LINK to the mental health professional at Powell! Once a person decides to complete suicide, there’s nothing anyone can do to stop him/her. TRUTH…Most suicidal crises last a short period of time, and people often call for help immediately following a suicide attempt. Situational Behavioral Verbal Statements Direct Indirect Talking about suicide will cause people to do it. TRUTH…talking to close friends and relatives plays a key role in getting the person to seek help. British Journal of General Practice 2005 TRUTH…neither suicidality nor distress increased among students asked about suicidal ideation or behavior. M. Gould, Ph.D., JAMA 2005 What depression can look like: Sad, tired, or anxious all of the time, over a long period Disinterested in hobbies or activities Trouble concentrating Anxiety, easily agitated, rage/uncontrolled anger Unable to sleep or sleeping all the time Changes in eating habits (eating more or less to the point of weight changes) Dramatic mood changes Risk Factors: Teenage Stress Factors School Related Issues Beginning at a new school Failing Grades High pressure to do well academically Being Bullied Suicide Prevention and Awareness Divorce Family Conflict Money Death Abuse (physical and/or sexual) Neglect Depression - A medical illness of the brain What if a student gives me his or her card?

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