Suicide Prevention Resources

 

  

Here are some resources about suicide and ways to prevent it. 

 

 

 

Suicide won't solve your problems... It will only make you dead.... Never keep suicidal thoughts a secret! call the suicide prevention hotline at 1.800.273.8255

 

Or visit these sites to get some more information: 

 

  

Some Things to Remember:

 

  • It is the fastest growing killer of the most precious resource in our country.

  • Statistics

    • 14 teens complete suicide everyday in the U.S. (x by 4.5)

    • Suicide is a common thought to 62% of U.S. adolescents

    • Within a typical classroom, it is likely that 3 students (2 girls and 1 boy) have made a suicide attempt within the last year

  • 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 suicide happens at night

    • Suicidal people leave notes

    • If a person wants to die of suicide, nothing can stop him/her

    • Once a teen has been suicidal he/she is never out of danger

  • They don't want to die. They just want their pain to stop.

  • Main Causes of Suicide

    • Substance Abuse

    • Break up of the family

    • Depression

    • Feeling of insercurity

    • Illness

    • Broken love affairs

    • Economic conditions - poverty or wealth

  • Danger Signs

    • Talking or joking about suicide

    • Statements about being reunited with a dead loved one

    • Statements about hopelessness, worthlessness

    • Preoccupation with death. In person's music, art, writings, literature

    • Suddenly happier, calmer

    • Loss of interest in things once cared deeply about

    • Giving away prized possessions

    • Unusual visiting or calling people one cares about - saying their goodbyes

    • Self destructive behavior (alcohol or other drug abuse, self injury, mutilation, promiscuity)

    • Rick taking behaviors (reckless driving, walking in front of traffic, etc.)

    • Having several accidents resulting in injury

    • Obession with guns and/or knives

  • How You Can Help

    • Don't call them "Stupid"

    • Be a good listener

    • Don't suggest that they go and do it

    • Be aware of fast recoveries

    • Don't be sworn to secrecy - tell a responsible adult

    • Don't leave your friend alone if they are in an acute crisis

    • Remind the person that they can get help for depression

    • Help them realize a complete suicide is irreversible

  • Four Questions that could Save a Life

    • Are you thinking about harming yourself?

    • What is going on?

    • Where are you experiencing pain?

    • What can I do to help?

  • If a Friend wants to Talk

    • Accept what is said and treat it seriously

    • Do no over advise

    • Do not preach

    • Do not say "Everything will be all right"

    • Do not back off or try to delay dealing with your friend

    • Do not be sworn to secrecy

  • Things You May want to say to a Friend in Crisis

    • I appreciate and value our friendship

    • You have a lot to offer the world

    • I would miss you

    • Help them think about reasons for living!

  • If you are Struggling

    • Take advantage of interesting and challenging opportunities through youth programs, co-curricular activities, and church youth programs

    • Getting to know an adult in your life that you admire

    • Find opportunities to build relationships with younger children (reading with them, tutoring, etc.)

  • Advise from Fellow Teens

    • "It is nice to have friends your own age to confide in, but problems get solved faster when you talk to someone with more life experience and wisdom." (Shawnelle)

    • "Negative thinking was a major factor in my depression. Everyone deserves to feel happy - some just have to work harder at it." (Mackenzie)

  • Good News

    • Depression is treatable.

    • The knowledge for treating depression has doubled the last seven years since it was first treated.

    • Depressed teens can significantly get better when they follow the treatment plan.

  • Asking for Help

    • I'm feeling awful, I might be depressed

    • I am feeling down and don't care about anything anymore

    • I don't like the way I have been acting lately. I am angry, sad, and scared. Maybe I need to see a doctor.

    • I need to tell someone how sad and confused I feel.

    • Have you ever felt no one cared about you are you weren't sure why?

    • Have you ever felt sad and afraid, like you might be drepessed or crazy?

    • Did someone ever break up with you and you thought you'd never be happy again?

    • Have you ever felt like nothing matters? Like everything is falling apart?

  • Be Careful What we Say

    • Calling people "Gay" 

      • It may not mean anything to you, but to a person struggling with sexual orientation issues, it is very hurtful.

    • Teasing people about their weight

    • Teasing a student about his parent's drinking problem

  • Our Words

    • Can hurt more than we think they do

    • Can hurt far more than we intend them to

  • Remember: Everyone has a purpose in life. None of us are here by mistake and someone loves you.