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Transcript of Teen Suicide
Depression is a mental health disorder, which causes chemical imbalances in the brain. This can lead to hopelessness, lack of energy or numbness towards life. Symptoms of depression in youth are often overlooked or passed off as being typical "adolescent turmoil."
How to Cope with
Girls think about and attempt
suicide about twice as often as boys.
They tend to attempt suicide by overdosing
on drugs or cutting themselves.
Boys die from suicide about four times more then girls do, although they don't attempt it as often. This may be because boys tend to use more lethal weapons, like guns and knives.
Factors that Increase Teen Suicide:
A psychological disorder: depression,
bipolar disorder, alcohol and drug use, etc.
Feeling distress, irritable, or agitated.
Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness.
A previous suicide attempt.
A family history of depression or suicide.
Suffering from emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.
They lack a good support system, poor relationships with parents or peers, and feelings of social isolation.
Dealing with bisexuality or homosexuality in an unsupportive family or community or hostile school environment
The Church's View on Suicide:
Suicide is a mortal sin: To kill oneself is a violation of the fifth commandment, “Thou shall not kill.” The Catholic Church teaches that it is a mortal sin to kill. The Catholic Church stands in defense of life from the moment of conception to the time of natural death.
Suicide contradicts the natural tendency of the human being to preserve and continue his life. It is gravely contrary to the just love of self. It likewise offends love of neighbor because it unjustly breaks the ties of solidarity with family, nation, and other human societies to which we continue to have obligations. Suicide is contrary to love for the living God
Generally talk about suicide or death.
Joke that they might not be around anymore.
Talk about feeling hopeless or depressed.
Pull away from friends or family.
Start giving away treasured possessions.
Lose the desire to take part in favorite hobbies or activities.
Changes in eating or sleeping habits.
Engage in risk-taking behaviors.
Loss of interest in their future.
Teen Suicide Facts:
42% would no longer socialize with a friend diagnosed with mental illness.
50% would not tell friends or coworkers that a family member was suffering from mental illness but 72% would discuss cancer and 68% diabetes.
According to Statistic Canada 2002 survey: In Ontario,
about 250,000 or 15% of all young adults aged 15-24
had suicidal thoughts that year.
Suicide ranks 200th in health funding but it is the second most common in deaths amongst young people next to motor vehicle accidents.
Seeking the help of a doctor, other health professionals, or a spiritual advisor.
Individuals should keep a written or mental list of people to call if suicidal thoughts come back.
Have someone hold all medications to prevent overdose, and remove weapons from the home.
Get together with others to prevent isolation.
Write down feelings, REMEMBER to include positive ones.
How can Families Cope with the Suicide of a Loved One?
Keep in touch with friends, other family members and even spiritual leaders who would offer
guidance and healing
There is no rush in sharing when you’re not ready
Be prepared for painful reminders
Raise awareness of Teen Suicide
Ontario Suicide Prevention Network:
Suicide is the process of purposely ending ones life. The word comes from two Latin roots "sui" meaning 'of oneself' and "cidium" meaning 'killing'. It is the second-leading cause of death for teens in Canada ages 10 to 24. It is the tragedy of a person dying because of overwhelming hopelessness or frustration with life.
True or False
Family history of depression is not a factor that increases teen suicide
To help adolescents cope with thoughts of suicide it is important they receive consistent care, frequent interaction with supportive peers and adults, and understanding of their feelings.
Demi Lovato was in patient treatment for 4 months
The Catholic church does not support suicide
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens in Canada ages 12 -24
There is always HOPE
Become extremely anxious, self conscious or depressed.
The word suicide comes from two Greek roots, "sui" and "cidium"
Individuals bring bullying onto themselves and they deserve the feeling of not being good enough
Only non-famous people suffer from depression and thoughts of suicide
There is a very strong link between
bullying and teen suicide. Victims of
bullying are up to 9x more likely to consider suicide then non-victims. All types of bullying have an effect- physical, verbal, indirect, cyber, etc. Teenagers feel the need to be a "certain way" and are surrounded by judgemental peers every single day.
Teen Suicide and the Family
Suicide is devastating trauma for the surviving family. Lack of explanation is a big issue in the grief process. WHY? It never seems fair. Parents often express anger at being deceived. They feel that they denied them the opportunity to provide parental support. Families struggle with returning to daily routines and normality. They feel no matter how hard they try they will never have a "normal" life again.
The media is a huge contributing factor. Teenagers dream of "being like" famous celebrities. We're surrounded by false advertisements every day that are constantly influencing us. We want to look like them and act like them and many fantasize being them. This puts an enormous amount of pressure on teens. "When a famous person commits suicide, teen suicide rises on a national level." -Author of Suicide and the Media news article.
Receive "post-suicide support"
Victims of bullying are up to 9x more likely to consider suicide then non-victims
Suicide ranks 200th in health funding