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Title: Suicide

  • A permanent solution for a temporary problem

Test your knowledge
  • Which of the following would you say is the most
    likely to commit suicide?
  • A. A straight-A student B. A student who is
    gifted in athletics C. A student who is abusing
    drugs and failing in school D. A student who
    is very popular E. All of the above are at equal

  • E. Under the right or wrong circumstances,
    all of the above could commit suicide.

Teenage Suicide Facts
  • It is the 3rd leading cause of death among young
    people ages 15-29.
  • Every day approximately 12 people between the
    ages of 15-24 die from suicide.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 high school students have stated
    that they have seriously considered attempting
    suicide in the past year.

More Facts..
  • Teen girls attempt suicide more often than teen
    guys. (About nine times more often)
  • But, teen guys are four times more likely to
    succeed when they try to kill themselves.
  • Teen guys tend to use more deadly methods like
    guns or hanging while girls tend to use overdoses
    of medication or cutting.

Suicide is a serious issue
  • Things we will discuss
  • What causes a person to consider taking his/her
    own life?
  • What puts a teenager at risk for suicide or self
  • What are the warning signs that someone might be
    considering suicide?
  • Where can someone go for help?

Thinking about suicide
  • Thinking about suicide is often related to
    stressful events and feelings of sadness. Some
    teens feel so overwhelmed, sad and in despair
    that they think they will never feel better.
  • Teenagers tend to experience strong feelings of
    stress, confusion, self-doubt, pressure to
    succeed, financial uncertainty, and other fears
    while growing up.

  • Feelings may be brought on by
  • Anger or violence in the home or school
  • May be doing poorly in school and feel inadequate
  • Depressed
  • Alcohol or drug problem they can't handle
  • They may be angry and heart-broken over a
  • They may feel like they don't belong, either in
    their family or with their friends.
  • Divorce
  • Formation of new family with stepparents and
  • Moving to a new community
  • Sometimes, they may feel very sad with no obvious

What makes some teens at risk?
  • Depression
  • Feelings of sadness, loneliness, disappointment.
  • Every teen feels anxiety and confusion at some
    point, but it helps to get through tough times by
    turning to people you trust and love.
  • But sometimes the feelings can last all day,
    every day. If feelings last for more than two
    weeks a person may be experiencing major
  • Many teens have experienced major depression.

Depression and Suicide
  • Serious depression involves a long-lasting sad
    mood that doesnt let up and a loss of pleasure
    in things you once enjoyed.
  • Thoughts of death, negative thoughts of oneself,
    hopelessness, changes in appetite or sleep can
    also occur.
  • Depression distorts ones viewpoint making them
    focus only on their failures.
  • Depressed thinking can convince someone that
    there is nothing to live for.

  • When someone who is depressed gets the proper
    treatment or therapy, their distorted thinking is
    cleared and they can find energy, pleasure, and
    hope again.

What else puts a teen at risk?
  • Substance abuse problems
  • Alcohol and some drugs have depressive effects on
    the brain. Misuse of these substances can bring
    on serious depression.
  • Alcohol and drugs also alter ones judgment. Many
    suicide attempts occur while a teen is under the

Other risks
  • Life Stress
  • Being a teen is not easy. There are many social,
    academic, and personal pressures.
  • Teens who have additional problems to deal with
    can make life feel even more difficult.
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Divorce or death in the family
  • Struggle with body image and eating problems

  • Having access to guns.
  • For any teen who has any of the other risk
    factors, having access to a gun is very
  • Many lives could be saved by making sure those
    who are at risk do not have access to a gun.
  • More than 60 of teen suicides deaths happen with
    a gun.

Warning Signs- What to Look For
  • Pulling away from friends or family
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Major changes in appearance
  • Talk about feeling hopeless or guilty
  • Talk about suicide
  • Talk about death
  • Talk about going away
  • Self-destructive behavior (drugs, alcohol,
    driving too fast)
  • Giving away favorite possessions
  • Suddenly very happy moods after being depressed
    or sad for a long time (this person may have a
    suicide plan)

  • Paying attention and responding to the warning
    signs can save someones life.
  • Dont be afraid to talk to someone about suicide
    if you think they might be considering it.
  • It allows you to get help for that person.
  • Just talking might make the person feel less
    isolated and more cared about.
  • It may help the person to consider that suicide
    is not the solution.

Getting Help
  • If you have been thinking about suicide. Get help
    right away.
  • If you have a classmate or friend who you think
    is considering suicide. Get help right away.
    Even if you have been sworn to secrecy. You may
    save your friends life.

Where to get help
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Friends
  • Call 9-1-1
  • National Suicide Hotline
  • 1-800-SUICIDE

  • Suicide is a
  • solution for a
  • problem.

  • American Association of Suicidology
  • Developed by Bridget Robinson, RN, BSN,SNM
  • University of Kansas School of Nursing HETC