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Let's talk about suicide

I help people through suicidal ideations in Army and church. These slides are helpful to raise awareness in the congregation and equip parishioners to be attentive to at risk persons.

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Let's talk about suicide

  1. 1. Let’s talk about SUICIDE Chaplain Daniel Haas
  2. 2. Ask Care Escort National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  3. 3. Risk Factors - Failed relationships - Mood disorders - Family history of suicide - Prior suicide attempt - Poor social skills - Financial stress - Drug/alcohol abuse - Legal problems - Access to lethal means
  4. 4. Protective Factors - Social relationships (family, friends) - Access to healthcare (physical, mental) - Coping ability - Spiritual meaning-making - Participation in groups - Ability to accept help
  5. 5. Warning Signs - Alcohol / drug abuse - Talk about killing oneself - Feeling hopeless, helpless, sad - Changes in mood or behavior - Giving things away - Withdrawal from friends and family - Disturbing texts, posts, emails
  6. 6. ASK Are you considering suicide? Are you thinking about killing yourself?
  7. 7. CARE Provide a calming presence and remove any means for self-injury
  8. 8. ESCORT Don’t leave them alone Ask them to go to the ER or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  9. 9. Suicides in the Bible [Abimelech] called hastily unto the young man his armour-bearer, and said unto him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say not of me, A woman slew him. And his young man thrust him through, and he died (Judges 9:54)
  10. 10. Suicides in the Bible And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed with all his might; and the house fell...upon all the people that were therein (Judges 16:30).
  11. 11. Suicides in the Bible Saul took a sword and fell on it (1 Sam. 31:4). When [Saul's] armour-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died (1 Sam 31:5).
  12. 12. Suicides in the Bible [Judas] cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself (Matt. 27:5).
  13. 13. Church examples A woman has the habit of walking around the pond on the property where she lives. For the past year she has said: “It’s all too much. One day I’m going into the pond.”
  14. 14. Church examples A man is diagnosed with depression. He loves his guns and gets mad at his family for hiding the guns.
  15. 15. Church examples A woman had been going to the beauty shop every other week for decades. All of a sudden she stopped.
  16. 16. Church examples A woman used to take care of her elderly husband. Now her health starts declining noticeably as well.
  17. 17. Church examples A single man has never been much of a people person. He used to be withdrawn at home but all of a sudden becomes talkative.
  18. 18. Stigma - Suicide is not an evil thing a person does. - It is not a selfish choice. - It is not a sin.
  19. 19. Language Not “committed suicide” but “died by suicide”
  20. 20. Ask Care Escort
  21. 21. Resources - YOU - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 - Emergency Room - 911 - Primary care provider - Pastor