Warning Signs - General Talking about suicide Drug & Alcohol abuse
Warning Signs - School Environment Sudden decline in gradesStudent Violence /police involvement Anger, rage, anxiety Significant weight loss or gain Suicidal thoughtsLoss of interest in activitiesWithdrawal fromfriends & family Worthlessness Repeated absence Lack of concentration Misconduct Over reaction to criticism
Risk Factors Which Predispose Teens to Suicide Family Previous history of Suicidal Suicide Loss of Behaviour Parent High Low self Social Stress esteem Isolation History of abuseTraumatic Psychiatricchildhood disorderexperience
Myths & Facts of SuicideMyth - “If someone is going to kill themselves there is nothing you can do about it” Myth - “People who are suicidal are fully intent on dying”
Myths & Facts of SuicideMyth - “She killed herself because she was worried about her exam results” Fact : Myth - “Talking about Suicide encourages it”Fact :
Myth & Facts of SuicideMyth – “The suicidal person never mentions that theyare thinking of committing suicide”Myth – “Once a person is suicidal, they are suicidalforever” Fact
SUICIDAL THOUGHTS “I can’t think straight anymore”“I wish I “Every one willwas dead” be better off without me”“I can’t “ I can’t dotake it anythinganymore” right” “No one can help me now” “All my problems will end “I won’t be needing soon” these things anymore”
Suicide Triggers Loss Poor grades Any form of abuse Fight with loved one Fear of Punishment Unwanted Pregnancy Bullying and Victimisation Concerns about Sexuality Death of a loved one (especially to suicide)
General Prevention at School1) Foster a positive mental health approach.2) Strengthen the mental health of School Teachers & Staff.3) Strengthen students’ self-esteem.4) Introduce training in life skills.5) Convey knowledge to peers on how to be supportive and seek adult help if necessary.6) Promote the stability and continuity of students schooling.
General Prevention at School7) Prevent Bullying and violence in schools & run the Cool School Programme 8) Promote emotional expression – to confide in teachers, parents etc. 9) Provide support & information about care services. Guest Speakers.10) Trustful communications.11) Referral of distressed / suicidal students
WHAT TO DO - IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS IN SUICIDAL CRISISLISTEN CAREFULLY AND EMPATHISECONNECT WITH THE PERSONTAKE THE PERSON SERIOUSLYCALMLY ASK ABOUT SUICIDE e.g. “I am worried about you. Are you thinking of Suicide?” “Are you feeling suicidal?”ASK THEM TO MAKE A “ SAFE PLAN” CONTRACT WITH YOU and GET HELPOFFER SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE HOPE.
WHAT TO DO - IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS IN SUICIDAL CRISISRing a Helpline;1Life Suicide Prevention Helpline - Free phone 1-800-24-7-100Aware - Helpline – 1890 303 302Samaritans- Helpline – 1850 609 090Console – Helpline 1800 201 890Teen-line Ireland - Free phone 1800 833 634Pieta House – Centre for Prevention of Self harm and Suicide (01)601000SOS ( Suicide or Survive) - 0402 41487
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