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    • Suicide Awareness & Prevention
      Celine Mazoyer
      Megan Holyoke
      Christen Jancola
    • Questions to get you thinking
      Can you name a few signs and symptoms of suicide?
      Who do you think suicide affects?
      What are some things you could do to help someone who is contemplating suicide?
    • Risks that contribute to suicidal behaviors
      Family history of suicide
      Suffering from chronic illnesses
      Alcohol/other substance abuse
      Chronic sleep disturbances
      Lack of social support systems
      Loss of home, job, status, money, etc.
      History of significant loss
      Psychiatric disorders
      Genetic predisposition
    • It’s very difficult to predict who will kill themselves since most people who commit suicide do not communicate their intentions.
      True or False?
      False. The notion that people who talk about their suicide do not kill themselves is a myth. An overwhelming 75% of people who commit suicide communicate their intentions before taking their lives. Most suicidal warnings are verbal or behavioral, while only 15% involve leaving notes.
    • Extraordinary aggressiveness and hostility, hyperactivity, sexual promiscuity, and extreme risk-taking are often signs of impending suicidal attempts.
      True or False?
      True.Even though these behaviors are very dissimilar to stereotypical pre-suicide behaviors like isolation, despair, depression, and apathy, they are serious red flags that are also associated with a young person's suicidal thinking and behavior
    • Signs & Symptoms
      Lose interest in prior activities or relationships
      Prepare for death by giving away prized possessions, making a will, or putting other affairs in order
      Withdraw from those around them
      Change in habits such as:
      Drug/alcohol use
    • Signs & Symptoms cont.
      Makes indirect statements about death
      Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and powerlessness
      Lack of motivation
      Inability to tolerate frustration
      Preoccupation with death
      The risk of suicide may be greatest as depression lifts because they now have the energy to commit the act
    • Statistics
      75% of people communicate their intentions of suicide
    • Statistics
      In 2006 11.2% of the United States’ population died as a result of suicide
    • Statistics
      In 2006 12.7% of Washington’s population died from suicide
    • Statistics
      17.9% of men commit suicide
    • Statistics
      4.6% of females commit suicide
    • Statistics
      While more males succeed in suicide, females attempt suicide 3 times more often than males
      It is estimated that a woman takes her own life every 90 minutes, but one woman attempts suicide every 78 seconds.
    • It may be helpful to ask a person who appears overly depressed, withdrawn, or grief-stricken whether she has ever considered suicide as a solution to her problems.
      True or False?
      True. For a child in these exaggerated, emotionally distressed states, bringing up suicide does not encourage her to kill herself. On the contrary, raising the question of suicide encourages a young person to talk about suicide and shows that you recognize the depth of her pain. In all major youth suicide surveys, the majority of youngsters report having considered suicide as an option. Asking also shows the person that you care about them.
    • Most young people who commit suicide have made a clear decision that death is their best option.
      True or False?
      False. Most young people who kill themselves are in a state of pronounced conflict and confusion over whether to commit suicide. They are all sure, however, that they desperately want an end to their emotional suffering. There are many more suicidal attempts than there are successful suicides. 80 percent of completed suicides have made one or more previous attempts.
    • What to do if someone is showing signs of depression and/or suicide?
      Things to consider immediately:
      Remember PLAID
    • 9 Things to Remember
      Acknowledge and accept their feelings
      Be an active listener
      Try to give them hope and remind them
      that what they are feeling is temporary
      Be there for them
      Show love and encouragement
    • Things to Remember cont.
      Pamper them
      Help them get help
      Remove means of suicide
      Remove any children from the situation
    • Services
      Family & Friends
      Should be first and most important support system
      Private agency
      Government funded
      Personal websites
      Government funded
      Support Groups
      Private agencies
    • Places to Turn for Help
      1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
      24 hour hotline
      1-800-273-TALK (8255)
      24 hour hotline
    • Video
      Terry Wise Story