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JR Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Transcript of JR Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Be a Lifesaver!
Canadian Suicide Statistics
of Suicidal People will NOT give warning signs
of youth will think about suicide in their teenage years
Canadians die by suicide each year
attempts for every death
Know the Facts
Talking openly helps prevent suicide. It shows you care. It allows people to get help.
Most people who are suicidal will give warning signs.
People who are suicidal don't want to die; they just want to stop the pain.
Suicide is NOT genetic.
Recovery from being suicidal takes time and effort.
Drugs and Alcohol are present in 70-75% of youth suicides.
Suicide rates are highest during late spring, and at their lowest around the holidays.
Men are 4 times more likely to die by suicide.
All threats should be taken seriously.
Suicide is not against the law.
Drugs & Alcohol
People whose wisdom you can depend on
People/Places that provide support
Your Immediate Goals
Your Secret Dreams
Share your Reasons to Stay...
Who is at Risk?
Major life change
History of abuse
History of suicide
Talks about wanting to die
Changes behaviour, appearance, mood
How to Help?
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.
Let them talk
Take threats seriously
NEVER SWEAR SECRECY
Mental Health services
You can't do it alone!
Don’t take personally
Take care of self
disturbance in brain that makes it difficult to cope
Talk it out
people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime
All mental illnesses are treatable.
Respect your brain!
Stress on Body
Loss of support
1/5 days in our community
Over 300 types
What's YOUR Stress?
Death of family member
Personal injury or illness
Dismissal from work
Failure of Personal goals
Begin or end school
New personal habits
Vacation / Holidays
Leading cause of death in Youth, second only to accidents
suicidal people have a mental illness
of adolescent suicides are complicated by drugs and alcohol
Affect of Drugs and Alcohol
"Life isn't worth living"
Support - Mom/Friend
Change in family structure
Loss - house, friends, sister
Signs of depression (sleep, grades, emotions)
Giving away possessions
"I won't need this ring anymore"
School and sports performance
Life skills - leadership
Loss of father
Feeling anxious, sad, desperate
"it just wasn't worth it anymore
"I wish I would have died in that accident
Struggling with sexual orientation
Drugs and alcohol
Change in appearance
Strong Family Unit
Suicides are preventable with treatment
who face adversity, mental illness,
Suicide is not the NORM!
and other challenges
do NOT die by suicide
or other ways to cope.
Suicide Self Harm
to release tension
to feel in control
to feel (not numb)
Self harms and suicide are the same.
Similarity to Suicide
slap a table top
snap a rubber band on wrist
exercise: yoga, walking, biking
read a book
call a friend
listen to music