According to (AFSP, 2011) suicide rates have been increasing since 2000, yet youth attempts of suicide have been decreasing. Except for African-American males ages 15-19, between 1980-1996 the rate doubled.
Myth and fact scenarios.
Breathing exercise: take (3) deep slow breaths in, counting to ten, exhaling and picturing yourself in your favorite calm and relaxing place.
Suicide Bullying Stress Management
SUICIDE: LET’S GET REAL• Every FORTY SECONDS someone in the world commits suicide (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2011).• “Every FORTY-ONE SECONDS some in the worlds has to make sense of it all.” (AFSP, 2011).• Nearly 1 million people attempt suicide every year (AFSP, 2011).• In America , more than 36,000 people commit suicide each year (AFSP, 2011)• Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America. (AFSP, 2011)
SUICIDE IS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE80706050 Black Youth40 Youth30 All Adults2010 0 1980 1990 2000 2010
DEMOGRAPHICS OF SUICIDE• IL ranked 45th out of 50 states for suicides committed : thus suicide in Illinois is LESS likely to be committed than in forty-four other states (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 2011).• Highest suicide rates found in Alaska, Wyoming and New Mexico (AFSP, 2011)• Whites are the MOST likely to commit followed by Native Americans (AFSP, 2011).• Males are 4 times more likely than females to commit suicide (AFSP, 2011).• Females are 3 times more likely to attempt suicide than males (AFSP, 2011).• Recent survey found 60% of high school students thought about killing themselves (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011).• A study found that “90% of suicidal teens-agers believed their families did not understand them” (AAP, 2011).• Suicide is the THIRD leading cause of death among teens aged 15- 24, surpassed only by accidents and homicide (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011).
SUICIDE IS A PREVENTABLE HEALTH ISSUE 50-70%of suicide victims give some warning of their intention to a friend or family member (American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, 2011). More than 90% of people who commit suicide also suffer from:• Major depression• Bipolar depression• Alcohol and/or drug abuse• Eating Disorder (AFSP, 2011) MYTHS and FACTS
EMOTIONAL STRESSORS FOR SUICIDE• To fit in socially • Confusion in self-identity• To perform academically • Feelings of being• Feelings of Disconnect devalued• Feelings of Isolation • Relationship breakup• Drop in grades • Need for autonomy• Pressure of new • Conflict with rules responsibility • Feelings of• Feelings of constant anger misunderstanding• Confusing sexual feelings • Ongoing conflict with parents• Feelings of hopelessness • Environment of criticism• Feelings of worthlessness • Feeling overwhelmed • Ongoing conflict with peers
“Bullying is widespreadand a serious problemthat can happenanywhere. It is NOT aphase children have togo through, it is NOT justmessing around and it isNOT something to growout of. Bullying cancause serious andlasting harm.”
BULLYING INCLUDES:• Imbalance of Power: people using their power to control others• Intent to Cause Harm: has the goal of hurting another person• Repetition: happens to the same person(s) over and over again www.stopbullying.gov
TYPES OF BULLYING1. Verbal Name calling and teasing2. Social Spreading rumors, excluding others3. Physical Hitting, punching, shoving4. Cyber bullying Using internet, cell phones or technology to belittle others self-esteem
ARE YOU A BULLY, VICTIM OR BYSTANDER? “56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.” If YOU are being bullied:• Tell the bully to stop• Walk away• Protect yourself• Tell an adult you trust• Find a safe place• Stick together• Find opportunities to make new friendsDo not blame yourself, be proud of who you are, do not be afraid to ask for help. (www.stopbullying.gov, 2011)
LGBT BULLYING• 8 in 10 LGBT students have been verbally harassed in school.• 4 in 10 LGBT students have been physically harassed in school.• 6 in 10 LGBT students have felt unsafe in school.• 1 in 5 LGBT students have been the victim of physical assault in school. www.stopbullying.govLGBT students remember that YOU:• Matter and have a place in the world• Are not alone• Should be confident in who you are
HOW TO HANDLE STRESS: DEALING WITH INTENSE EMOTIONS• Simple Breathing Exercise• Do some of your favorite activities• Exercise• Remember overcoming past difficulties• Keep a list of those you can go to for support• Make a gratitude list• Focus on future goals• Have religious /spiritual mentors• Be active in extra-curricular activities• Do something kind in honor of someone else
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