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JR Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Junior High Suicide Awareness, 2014-2015, Reasons to Stay, 1 hour+10-20
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Coordinator CSPP

on 24 September 2015

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Transcript of JR Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Be Aware
Be Safe
Be a Lifesaver!
Canadian Suicide Statistics
100
of Suicidal People will NOT give warning signs
20%
70%
of youth will think about suicide in their teenage years
4000
Canadians die by suicide each year
attempts for every death
Know the Facts
1. FALSE

Talking openly helps prevent suicide. It shows you care. It allows people to get help.
2. FALSE

Most people who are suicidal will give warning signs.
3. FALSE

People who are suicidal don't want to die; they just want to stop the pain.
4. FALSE

Suicide is NOT genetic.
5. FALSE


Recovery from being suicidal takes time and effort.
6. TRUE


Drugs and Alcohol are present in 70-75% of youth suicides.

7. FALSE

Suicide rates are highest during late spring, and at their lowest around the holidays.
8. FALSE

Men are 4 times more likely to die by suicide.
9. FALSE

All threats should be taken seriously.
10. FALSE

Suicide is not against the law.
Why?
Stress
Loss of
Mental
Drugs & Alcohol
EARTH
People whose wisdom you can depend on
ROOTS
People/Places that provide support
Your Strengths,
Talents, Interests,
Loves
TRUNK
BRANCHES
Your Immediate Goals
Your Secret Dreams
SKY
Share your Reasons to Stay...
Who is at Risk?
Isolated
Physical illness
Major loss
Major life change
History of abuse
Violence
History of suicide
Warning Signs
Threatens suicide
Talks about wanting to die
Depressed
Sad
Withdrawn
Changes behaviour, appearance, mood
How to Help?
Connect
Listen
Ask
Are you thinking about killing yourself?

How to start...
I wanted to check in with you because you haven’t seemed yourself lately.

Recently, I have noticed some differences in you and I was wondering how you are doing.

I have been feeling concerned about you lately.

Questions to Ask
What happened to make you start feeling this way?
When did you begin feeling like this?

How can I best support you right now?

Have you thought about getting help?

Helpful Things to Say...
You are not alone in this. I am here for you.

You may not believe it now, but the way you’re feeling will change.

When you want to give up, tell yourself you will hold on for just one more day, hour, minute – whatever you can manage.

I may not be able to understand exactly how you feel, but I care about you and want to help.

Stay calm
Be accepting
Let them talk
Take threats seriously
NEVER SWEAR SECRECY
Family
Friends
Relatives
Coaches
Teachers
Religious/Spiritual Leaders
Counselors
Doctors
Crisis lines
Mental Health services
911
You can't do it alone!
Help Refused
Be patient
Be persistent
Don’t take personally
Take care of self
HOPE
Contributing Factors
illness
disturbance in brain that makes it difficult to cope
Normal
Talk it out
Get help
people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime
1/5
All mental illnesses are treatable.
Respect your brain!
Stress on Body
Depressant
Lowers inhibitions
Increases impulsiveness
Loss of support
=10/day
1/5 days in our community
Over 300 types
What's YOUR Stress?
Death of family member
Parent divorce/separation
Imprisonment
Personal injury or illness
Dismissal from work
Pregnancy
Failure of Personal goals
Begin or end school
New personal habits
Work problems
Vacation / Holidays

Changes in...
Family makeup
Financial state
health
Work
Residence
Schools
Recreation
Social activities
Sleeping habits
Relationships
Eating habits
Living conditions

2nd
Leading cause of death in Youth, second only to accidents
90%
suicidal people have a mental illness
of adolescent suicides are complicated by drugs and alcohol
70%
Affect of Drugs and Alcohol
Depression
Alcohol
Risky Behaviour
Skipping classes
"Life isn't worth living"
Therapy
Poetry club
Support - Mom/Friend
Haley
Change in family structure
Loss - house, friends, sister
Signs of depression (sleep, grades, emotions)
Giving away possessions
"I won't need this ring anymore"

Academic achievement
Sports performance
Her sister
Natalie
School and sports performance
Life skills - leadership
Friends
Ryan
Loss of father
Perfectionist
High expectations
Family pressures
Feeling anxious, sad, desperate
"it just wasn't worth it anymore
"I wish I would have died in that accident
Peter
Struggling with sexual orientation
Drugs and alcohol
Change in appearance
Dark Songs
Gun
Musical talent
Strong Family Unit
Case Studies
Suicides are preventable with treatment
90%
Most people
who face adversity, mental illness,

Suicide is not the NORM!
and other challenges
do NOT die by suicide
,
find
support, treatment,

or other ways to cope.
TALK
OUT
it
Seek Support
Laura's Story
Suicide Self Harm
Cope with

Stop the

1/8
teenagers
Why?
to cope
to release tension
to feel in control
to punish
to feel (not numb)
Self harms and suicide are the same.
True False
PAIN
PAIN
Similarity to Suicide
Warning signs
Emotional distress
+ Alternatives
squeeze ice
bite lemons
slap a table top
snap a rubber band on wrist
exercise: yoga, walking, biking
read a book
call a friend
listen to music
HOPELESSNESS
False
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