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Title: SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS


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SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS
2
Myths and Facts
  • People who talk about suicide wont really do
    anything.
  • Only the mentally ill attempt to die by suicide
  • Girls attempt suicide more often than boys.

FALSE
FALSE
TRUE
3
Myths and Facts
  • Talking openly about suicide increases the
    chances that they will attempt suicide.
  • If a person has made up his/her mind, there is
    nothing that will prevent the suicide.

FALSE
FALSE
4
National Statistics
  • It is the 4th ranking cause of death for
    adolescents.
  • One young person commits suicide every hour, 57.9
    minutes.
  • Each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other
    people.

5
Did You Know.?
  • There are WCPSS students who have died by suicide
    each year.
  • Of these, some have been middle school
    students.

6
Who Can Help?
  • Anyone who recognizes the warning
    signs can do something.

7
WARNING SIGNS OF DEPRESSION
  • Eating changes (overeating, under eating)
  • Sleep changes, tired all the time
  • Change in school work, difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless, helpless
  • Changes in personality sad, irritable,
    withdrawn, anxious
  • Not as interested in normal activities

8
WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE
  • Verbal or Written Threats
  • I hate my life. I wish I was never born. Id be
    better off dead.
  • I wish I could go to sleep and never wake up.
  • I cant take life anymore. Theres no point in
    going on.
  • Themes of death or suicide in artwork or essays
  • Giving away special possessions
  • Talking about suicide, previous suicide attempts
  • Withdrawing from family and friends, hopelessness
  • Alcohol/drug use or taking unnecessary risks

9
WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE
  • Difficulty eating and sleeping
  • Physical symptoms or pains
  • Drop in School Performance
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, school, appearance
  • Self destructive behavior
  • Recent loss, death of a loved one, end of a
    romantic relationship.

10
What can you do?
  • Take the threat seriously.
  • Listen and show that you care.
  • Im worried about you and how you feel.
  • I care about you and how youre holding up.
  • Talk openly and ask questions.
  • Do you have a plan to hurt yourself?
  • And most importantly.
  • Ask for helptell a counselor, parent, teacher,
    another adult.

11
Do Not
  • Be sworn to secrecy. You must get support from
    others to help your friend. This is life and
    death. An angry friend is better than a dead
    friend.
  • Leave him/her alone.
  • Do not think this is a joke.
  • Do not try to be a therapist. Get professional
    help.

12
What happens when you tell us about a student?
  • We will talk with the student, family, and make
    additional referrals for counseling if needed.

13
Questions?
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