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Transcript of Suicide Prevention
By: C/ 1st Lt. Anthony Hernandez
C/ SMSgt Timothy Markie
Encourage your friend to seek professional help, accompany if necessary
Don’t keep the secret.
Withdrawing from friends, family, and society.
Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life, and making this obvious to those around them.
Threatening or talking about wanting to hurt and/ or kill themselves.
Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide actions.
Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure
Low self-esteem and feelings of guilt
Threats or attempts to run away from home
Major changes in eating or sleeping patterns
Any other undesirable situations.
What are some of the leading causes of suicide?
What is Suicide?
Not caused solely by one thing, but by many different things.
We will have suicide statistics, pictures and videos which may be disturbing to some around you.
At any time, if the presentation becomes too much to handle, you may step outside. We also have tissues available if needed.
The subject matter of this presentation may be painful for some. Please be respectful and quiet during the presentation.
Bullying is the leading cause for young teens to commit suicide.
Currently, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of teen death in the U.S.
A person dies by suicide about every 18 minutes in the U.S. An attempt is estimated to be made once every 40 seconds.
Every day, approximately 82 Americans take their own life, and 1,482 more attempt to do so.
Remember, these are daily numbers JUST for the United States.
Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking.
Dramatic mood changes.
Includes feelings of:
Feeling trapped, like there's no way out
Anxious, as though waiting for something to happen
Unable to sleep
An attempt to alter one's mood by inflicting physical harm on oneself
Steps to Take When Someone Is At Risk
What Not To Do
Don't let them bargain you out of getting them help.
ASK them not to do it - PLEASE don't.
Don't guilt trip them, but let them know they have people that care for them.
There is NO confidentiality when it comes to suicide. If someone you know is considering the act of hurting themselves, you need to TELL SOMEONE.
Take your friend’s actions seriously
Don’t be alone in helping your friend.
Tell a teacher, counselor, parent, or trusted adult.
Be there for them while they are getting help, so they know they have someone they can count on.
“It’s just a phase.”
“You’ll snap out of it.”
“Stop being so selfish.”
“You’re just trying to get attention.”
“Get over it.”
Things not to say
If You Ever Feel Hopeless...
Remember it is not the end, and that no matter how bad things are, it will get better.
Make sure to talk to a friend or adult you trust.
You have too much to look forward to in life to cut it short.
“Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem”
“If you're going through hell, keep on going. Don’t look back. You might get out. Before the devil even knows your there” –Rodney Atkins
Reaching Out For Help
The Yellow Ribbon Program
The National Suicide Hotline
AFSP Teen Suicide Prevention Kit
American Association of Suicidology
When In An Emergency, Call For Help!
Keep placing one foot in front of the other.. it's another step closer you'll be to happiness..
Frequent complaints of physical illnesses such as headaches and stomachaches
Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school
Teenagers, especially young teens, may exhibit several symptoms of depression and yet be unaware that they are suffering from depression.
Difficulty making friends
Having excessive worries
Being a perfectionist can lead to stress and anxiety.
Close-minded thinking and behavior patterns.
Development of phobias.
Remember, always be there for people. Even if it's just to make them smile. You never know what they're going through. Be the positive change in their lives... Always lend a helping hand..
... And Save A Life.
Bullying results in about 4,400 deaths by suicide every year. This number is only for teens who committed suicide due to bullying.
For every one suicide committed by a teenager, there are at least 100 more attempts by others.
Over 16 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 9 percent have attempted it.
Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.
According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of being bullied.
Bully-related suicide is connected to any type of bullying that includes physical bullying, emotional bullying, and cyberbullying
Suicide is the intentional taking of one's own life.
"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
-Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter