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Title: Suicide Prevention


1
Suicide Prevention
  • Miss Markowski

2
Teens Suicide How Much Do You Know?
  • Which teens are most at risk? What circumstances
    or risk factors make suicide attempts more
    likely?
  • What of teens with depression or other mental
    illness that attempt suicide?
  • What are some warning signs that someone is
    thinking about suicide (suicide ideation)
  • What of teens give clear warning signs that
    they are thinking about suicide?
  • What should you do if you or someone you know is
    seriously considering suicide?

3
Suicide Facts
  • Maine has highest rate of attempts in New England
  • Last 5 years in Maine, 1,200 people died
    officially by suicide
  • 101 were youth age 10-24 (5 age 10-14, 43 age
    15-19 and 53 age 20-24)
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for
    youth 15-24 in Maine (9x more suicide deaths than
    homicide)
  • There are gender differences in suicide!
  • Which gender is more likely to attempt? _______
  • Which gender is more likely to die? _________

4
Suicide Facts continued
  • 4 out of 5 suicides (that result in death) are
    males dying
  • How can women attempt more but men are dying
    more?
  • Answer Men tend to choose more lethal means
  • So, do most suicide attempts result in death?
  • NO (thankfully!)
  • For each death, there are roughly 75 non-deaths
  • most suicide attempts result in self-inflicted
    injuries,
  • Females age 15-19 had highest rate of
    self-inflicted injuries across all ages

5
What are some Risk Factors of suicide?Circumstanc
es that can make suicide more likelythese are
NOT causes!!
  • Social isolation, bullying or loneliness
  • Difficulties dealing with sexuality
  • Loss of loved one through break up, divorce or
    death
  • Family problems or Victims of violence
    (physical/mental/sexual)
  • Alcohol drug abuse
  • Difficulty dealing with change (moving, illness,
    going to college, etc)
  • Chronic stress
  • Low self-esteem Mental illness (anxiety,
    depression, etc)
  • Feelings of hopelessness, humiliation, or
    overwhelming guilt about ones actions

6
Activity
  • Identify reasons why some people choose to Live,
    despite having dealt with several of these same
    tough issues?

7
Warning Signs of Suicide(Behaviors we can see
that give us an idea that suicide is possible)
  • I ideas/threats about suicide are communicated
    directly
  • S substance abuse/excessive or increased
  • P Purposelessness/giving up/no reason for
    living/dont care
  • A Anxiety/agitation/insomnia
  • T Trapped/no way out of tough situation
  • H Hopeless/nothing will ever change or get
    better
  • W withdrawing from friends/family/society
  • A anger (uncontrolled)/rage/seeking revenge
  • R recklessness/risky/dont care anymore behaviors
  • M mood changes (guilt/grieft, wish I was never
    born or dead)

8
Warning Signs that Threat may be Imminent
(happening soon) ifWarning Signs
  • Sudden happiness after a long time of depression
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Saying goodbye or I love you or resolving
    long-standing issues out of the blue

9
Most Common Reason People Attempt Suicide (no
matter the warning signs or risk factors)
  • Feeling that there is no way out
  • An escape from lifes tough situations
  • If YOU or someone you know FEELS this way.PLEASE
    reach out!

10
Remember this
  • Suicide is NOT something that happens quickly
  • 1st, people face a difficult situation where they
    are unable to cope and lose hope that things will
    get better
  • THERE IS TIME TO Help!!
  • Talking about suicide will NOT cause it
  • ANYONE can learn to help!
  • We MUST pay attention EVERY TIME!
  • Suicide CAN be PREVENTED!

11
MOST IMPORTANT POINTWhat YOU CAN DO to help
  • 1. Share your concern
  • I care/am concerned/worried about you when you
    say/do/insert whatever reason/observation you see
    in them
  • 2. ASK the Question Are you considering
    suicide/killing yourself?
  • If it seems possible, then ASK for the Plan
  • Is there plan? Is it lethal? Specific?
    Possible?
  • 3. STAY with them or GET TO THEM
  • Crisis moment lasts between a few minutes to a
    few hours
  • 4. TELL an adult that WILL help MOST IMPORTANT
    STEP
  • Get help. You alone cannot solve their problem
  • Tell Guidance/Social work here at school
    (Mandatory reporters!)
  • 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (National Suicide
    Prevention)
  • Call is 774-HELP (4357) or 1-888-568-1112 (Maine
    crisis line)
  • Call 911 IF theres immediate danger

12
What NOT to do
  • Do NOT be sworn to secrecy
  • Do NOT act shocked about what they are telling
    you (stay calm)
  • Do NOT leave them alone if the risk is immediate
  • Do NOT take time to debate whether suicide is
    right or wrong (This is a reason why people
    sometimes dont talk about it fear of being
    judged and not getting the help they need!)

13
Why people hesitate to ask for help (even though
it is the most important factor in getting
better)
  • Stigma/Embarrassed to admit they need help
    (independent)
  • Feels alone/no one will understand
  • Afraid to upset/anger others
  • Dont know who to tell or who can help or how
  • Dont know what to expect (hospitalization?)
  • Struggling with depression
  • Sought help before but overused the help or it
    went poorly

14
Why people hesitate to Help/Intervene
  • Not sure how seriously they are about suicide
  • Worry about saying/doing the right thing
  • Afraid to put the idea in their heads
  • Feel someone else is probably helping them
    (bystander effect)

15
What can YOU do to AVOID depression and suicide?
  • 1. Allow yourself to feel your feelings in
    healthy ways
  • 2. Practice healthy Stress Management Skills
  • 3. Ask for professional help
  • 4. Healthy Decision Making Skills
  • Avoid alcohol, drugs and substances to numb out
    for awhile
  • 5. Enact Positive self-thought This too shall
    pass

16
Example of what suicide prevention
  • http//www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/11/golden-ga
    te-bridge-suicide_n_2278973.html

17
Making it Real
  • It's Ok to Talk About Suicide
  • Watch and Discuss the video To This Day
  • or Bullied to Death
  • Complete Making a Difference Quiz on suicide
    intervention

18
After reading at least one article, answer these
questions completely in your notes with the title
Bullying/Harassment
  1. Why do people bully others when we constantly
    see how cruel it is?
  2. What type of hurtful language to you hear in our
    hallways?
  3. What do you when you hear it? Why?
  4. What can YOU do to prevent bullying?
  5. What WILL you do if you see or hear it happening?

19
Bullying Prevention in 3 Steps
  • 1. Be willing to have face to face conversations
    with people
  • Technology is now the most widely use form for
    harassment/bullying/stalking
  • If you wouldnt say it, dont type it!
  • 2. Be aware of your language words DO hurt, even
    if you didnt mean for it to be offensive.
  • Your language sends a message to the world about
    you, your beliefs, and who you are as a person,
    whether you believe it or not.
  • 3. Step up! Simply say, thats not cool or ok
    or at least dont laugh
  • it can be tough to do, but you can keep it simple
    but make your message clear that its not funny
    or ok to be mean
  • If it is really bothering you, TELL AN ADULT!
    You dont need to suffer in silence!

20
Top 3 Killers of Teens
  • Brainstorm any and all factors associated with
    being a victim of that type of teen death and put
    them in the corresponding circle.
  • Try to get at least 10 factors for each circle.
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