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Title: Grief Recovery Inc.

Grief Recovery Inc.
  • Helping People Grieve and Grow
  • 4622 Still Meadow Dr.
  • Saginaw, MI 48603
  • (989) 249 4362

  • Suicide is not about death
  • Suicide is about ending pain

Address It
  • Perhaps the most valuable result of all of
    education is the ability to make ourselves do the
    things we have to do, when it ought to be done,
    whether we like it or not

Suicide Statistics
Recent Statistics
  • 14 teens complete suicide each day (x4.5)
  • Suicide is a common thought to 62 of U.S.
  • The 10 to 14 age group increased 124 from 1995
    to 2005
  • Within a typical classroom, it is likely that 3
    students (one boy and two girls) have made a
    suicide attempt in the last year
  • Mich. Assoc. of Suicidology State Conference

Risk by Gender
20th Century Guidelines forMeasuring a
Successful man
  • According to a recent newspaper article,
    adolescents rated a successful man by
  • His ability to make money
  • The type of car he drives
  • The job he holds/how good he is at it
  • Clubs he belongs to
  • The size and style of his house

How AdolescentsDefine Success
  • Accomplishing goals
  • Getting good grades
  • Peaceful family
  • Giving your best in life
  • Being good at something
  • Being happy
  • I dont deserve to be successful

Myths About Teen Suicide
  • Youth who talk about suicide rarely attempt it
  • Talking about suicide will make it happen
  • The tendency toward suicide is inherited
  • Teen suicides happen at night
  • If a person wants to complete suicide nothing can
    stop him
  • Once a teen has been suicidal he is never out of

Suicidal Crisis
  • Experts claim that every person in a suicidal
    crisis will tell between 2 and 4 people that
    he/she is thinking about ending his/her life

Why Are They Thinking Suicide?
  • Relief from problems
  • End of a burden
  • Solution to problems
  • Revenge

How to Recognize A Potential Suicidal Individual
  • Poor self concept
  • Usually an antisocial isolate. They are
    introverted and become withdrawn
  • Excessive use of alcohol or other drugs
  • Change in habits of appearance
  • Gives away prized possessions
  • Poor communications with family and friends
  • A history of prior acts of suicide

What to Look For
  • Previous attempts
  • Scratching or superficial cutting of the body
  • Themes of death or depression in writing, art,
  • Verbalization of intentions
  • Recent significant loss
  • Discord in the home

What to Look For
  • Sudden decline of academic performance
  • Sudden loss of interest in things once passionate
  • Acute personality changes
  • Statements like Id be better off dead,
    Nothing matters, I wont be a bother to you
    much longer.
  • Feelings of hopelessness and depression

How We Can Help
  • Be a good listener
  • Evaluate the individual
  • Dont suggest they go do it
  • Accept every feeling the person expresses
  • Dont be afraid to ask them directly
  • Beware of fast recoveries
  • Be supportive and affirmative
  • Seek further consultation
  • Help the person realize that a completed suicide
    is irreversible
  • Never leave the person alone in an acute crisis

4 Questions That can save a life
  • Are you thinking about suicide?
  • What is going on?
  • Where does it hurt?
  • What can I do to help?

Suicide AssessmentSLAP
  • S How SPECIFIC is the plan
  • L How LETHAL is the proposed method
  • A Have the ACQUIRED the means or how AVAILABLE
    is the means
  • P What is the PROXIMITY of helping resources
    when and where the person plans to attempt

Prevention Tips
  • Remove guns from the home. Teens are likely to
    act on impulse.
  • Early detection of substance abuse
  • Family therapy for families experiencing multiple
  • Upon signs of depression get a professional
  • Listen, Listen, Listen

How Can I HelpReview
  • Be direct
  • Be willing to listen
  • Be non-judgmental
  • Get involved
  • Dont dare
  • Dont act shocked
  • Dont be sworn to secrecy
  • Recognize your limitations

Ways to Support a Depressed Family Member
  • Try to maintain as normal a relationship as
  • Acknowledge that the person is suffering
  • Dont expect the person to snap out of it
  • Encourage efforts to get treatment and get better
  • Express affection, offer kind words, pay

Ways to Support Cont.
  • Show that you value and respect the person
  • Help keep the person an active, bust family
  • Dont pick on, criticize or blame the person for
    his/her depressed behavior
  • Dont say or do anything you think might worsen
    the persons poor self image
  • Take any talk of suicide seriously and notify the
    persons health caretaker immediately

How Parents Can Turn Things Around
  • Bury the hatchet
  • Stop trying to run their lives
  • Dont deny your cooperation
  • Let them experience the consequences of their
  • Give them choices
  • Dont portray that you were a perfect teen
  • Let them know that you are there for them
  • There is Hope!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What Adults Can Do
  • Smile at every child and adolescent you see
  • When your childrens friends come to your home,
    greet them, make them feel welcome, pop popcorn,
    invite for dinner, etc.
  • Regularly do things with your children, including
    projects around the house, recreational
    activities, and service projects
  • Model and talk about your own values and

Dos and Dont Review
  • Talking to a person in crisis
  • DONT
  • Sound shocked
  • Stress shock on family and friends
  • Engage in philosophical religious debate
  • Assume responsibility for a persons actions

  • Talking to a person in crisis
  • DO
  • Emphasize alternatives
  • Stay calm and understanding
  • Mention family as source of support
  • Emphasize tackling problems one at a time
  • Develop a contract with the person
  • Emphasize that if he completes it, there is no
    second chance
  • Process all contacts with a professional counselor

Most Common Asked Questions
  • Why do you use the term completed suicide
    instead of commit suicide?
  • Wont I put ideas in kids heads by talking about
  • If I am talking to a person who at the time seems
    to be suicidal, should I come right out and ask
    him if he is thinking about suicide?
  • What is wrong with todays kids?

Common Questions Cont.
  • Isnt depression the result of a character flaw?
    Maybe if the person made better decisions he
    wouldnt be depressed?
  • How is grief from suicide different than grief
    from death of other causes?
  • Can I scare kids out of suicidal thoughts?
  • Is medication for depression causing suicidal
    behavior in teens?

Questions Cont.
  • What are the most important things to teach teens
    while helping a friend in suicidal crisis?
  • What have been some of the worst things that can
    be said to a teen in suicidal crisis?