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Directing Change 2016 - Suicide Prevention 101

This suicide prevention 101 presentation is intended to cover the basics of suicide prevention and provide background for films entered into the suicide prevention category.
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Transcript of Directing Change 2016 - Suicide Prevention 101

LET'S GET STARTED
Like us on Facebook and join our event page to receive notifications and announcements about the contest, and to post questions to the Directing Change Team
Risk Factors

Life circumstances and problems associated with suicide
Traumatic Life Events:
Death of a loved one
Loss of major relationship
Bullying, as victim or bully
Victim of injury, loss or violence
The most important thing is to trust your instincts.

If you think someone might be at risk for suicide, then you need to talk to them.

Warning Signs
Each of us can
feel overwhelmed by different events and troubles in our lives.

Keep in mind,
we all react differently when we feel overwhelmed...
What you should know
about
suicide
prevention...
https://www.facebook.com/DirectingChangeCA
https://www.youtube.com/user/DirectingChangeCA
https://www.facebook.com/DirectingChangeCA/events
https://twitter.com/DirectChangeCA
Youth Suicide Warning Signs

Talking about or making plans for suicide

Expressing hopelessness about the future

Displaying severe/overwhelming emotional pain or distress

But what
should I say?

Ending the Silence
Disqualifying
Content


2. Films
cannot
include developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc.
Content Scoring Measures
1. Films should tell a story about how young people can support themselves or others living with a mental health challenge




Upload your video as “unlisted” to Youtube


Be sure to send your advisor the link to your film


High School Students:
You will need written permission from the copyright holder to use all copyrighted materials such as popular songs, so you will not be able to just download or purchase your favorite song on iTunes and include it in your film.

Original music or music that is in the public domain (royalty free) may be used in your film if the source is cited in the credits.



No, sorry!
For more information visit the Forms and Copyright page:
http://bit.ly/1qvdDRm

For a list of websites that offer “free” music or tips to create your own visit: http://bit.ly/1r9Y0Vx
Upload your Submission by February 1, 2015
1. Films
cannot
use terms like “crazy” and “psycho” without explicitly communicating to the audience that these terms are unacceptable.
To Create a Winning Video
Check out these resources on the "For Students" page:





The Advocate: Directing Change Newsletter
Educational Videos
Mental Health Fact Sheet
http://bit.ly/1Dzzame
http://bit.ly/YeDuqb
LAST BUT NOT LEAST.........

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Hundreds of
Directing Change films are available for viewing and download at
www.DirectingChange.org

They are being used in a variety of mental health and suicide prevention awareness efforts around
the state.


If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Immediately: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

This is a free 24-hour hotline. You can also visit their website at
http://suicidepreventionlifeline.com
Where can I turn for help if I am in a crisis or concerned about a friend?
A reminder!
2. Films should communicate a message that is positive and hopeful.
3. Films need to demonstrate how those in the youth age group (14-24) deal with themselves, peers, adults, or relatives having a mental illness.
Insider Tips:
Check out the Official Judging Form for the Ending the Silence Category:
http://bit.ly/Y3X2NP
WE WISH YOU LUCK!

www.directingchange.org

A reminder:
You can also get support via text
from
The Crisis Text Line
:

Text "Go" to 741741

Free, 24/7, Confidential
You can also chat 1 on 1 with a counselor on the Lifeline Crisis Chat

Hours of Operation:
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (PST) seven days a week
Indications that someone may be thinking about suicide, now or in the future
Remember, you don't have to do this alone.
Suicide Prevention 101
Showing worrisome behavioral cues or marked changes in behavior, particularly in the presence of the warning signs above:
Express your concern

Listen attentively and non-judgmentally

Reflect what they share and let them know they have been heard
Ask them:

"Are you thinking
about suicide?"

If you don't feel comfortable asking this question, that is OK. But it is important that you find someone who can, like a trusted adult.

Tell them they are not alone

Let them know that help is available
Your call is free and confidential. Trained crisis workers are there to assist you.
Risk Factors are
not
causes of suicide. Instead, they are circumstances that might make it more likely someone will consider suicide.
Abuse
School or work problems
Depressive disorders
Previous Suicide Attempts
Information contained in this presentation is based on two sources:

Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools (SAMHSA)

YouthSuicideWarningSigns.org

If you are concerned about someone, ask yourself the following questions.


Has your friend or family member shown or shared any of the following:
Withdrawal from or changing in social connections/situations

Changes in sleep (increased or decreased)

Anger or hostility that seems out of character or out of context

Recent increased agitation or irritability
Be open and direct,

We have to talk about suicide to prevent it from happening....
If they are thinking about suicide, reach out for help
immediately
. Talk to an adult you trust about your concerns.

You can also call
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
(800)273-8255

Suicide Prevention 101
www.DirectingChange.org
These initiatives
are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Health Services Authority (CalMHSA)
The Directing Change Program is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.
Through the program schools are provided prevention programs, materials, and resources for their campus...
The Directing Change Program is centered around a film contest to engage youth and young adults on the topics of mental health and suicide prevention...
To learn more, view the short educational films listed below at www.DirectingChange.org on the "For Youth" page:

Suicide Prevention 101
How to Help a Friend
To learn more
about mental health and
suicide prevention, visit:

www.EachMindMatters.org


www.SuicideIsPreventable.org

Talking about wanting to die, be dead, or about suicide, or are they cutting or burning themselves?
Are they...?
Feeling like things may never get better...
Seeming like they are in terrible emotional pain
(like something is wrong deep inside but they can't make it go away)...
Or struggling to deal with a big loss in their life?

Or is your gut telling you to
be worried because they have...

Withdrawn from everyone and everything...
Have become more worried or on edge...
Seem unusually angry...

Or just don't seem normal to you?

Ask them if they are okay and listen to them like a true friend
Tell them you are worried and concerned about them

Tell them they are not alone
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