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suicide, depression, drugs

  1. 1. Raising Awareness…
  2. 2. Child Abuse… • About 10% of babies are born to drug-using mothers. • Every day in the US, about four children die because of abuse or neglect, most of them babies or toddlers. • Only 15% to 20% of abuse cases are physical.
  3. 3. Child Abuse…cont. • 84 percent of prison inmates were abused as children. • One in three girls and one in five boys are sexually abused by an adult at some time during childhood. (Most sexual abusers are someone in the family or someone the child knows, not the proverbial stranger with a lollipop.) • One in thirteen kids with a parent on drugs is physically abused regularly. (Drug and alcohol abuse in the family makes child abuse about twice as likely.)
  4. 4. Teenage depression • Abused children are more likely to abuse alcohol and become addicted to drugs, and one third will later abuse their own children. • Suicide and attempted suicide has increased 300% in the last thirty years due to depression. • Only 33 to 50 % were identified by their doctors as having a mental illness at the time of their death and only 15 percent of suicide victims were in treatment at the time of their death.
  5. 5. Teenage Depression cont. • For every two homicides in the U.S. there are three suicides. • Having a firearm in the home greatly increases the risk of youth suicide. Sixty-four percent of suicide victims 10-24 years old use a firearm to complete the act. • In 1996, more teenagers and young adults died of suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.
  6. 6. Alexa’s story* *(Name has been changed)
  7. 7. Born to a drug addicted mother.
  8. 8. Raised by physical abuse.
  9. 9. Soon enough all the stories became reality
  10. 10. Had no one to rely on or trust. So she turned to the drugs.
  11. 11. It all went downhill from there
  12. 12. Her mother’s addiction was ruining the family.
  13. 13. Quickly tearing them apart from the inside.
  14. 14. It effected everything in her life… From school to just being normal and fitting in.
  15. 15. Eventually she lost the place she called “home”
  16. 16. She started to follow the right path… But her demons kept finding her
  17. 17. She needed the inspiration that no one gave to her
  18. 18. Then she came…
  19. 19. Jaime* was the only one who understood.
  20. 20. Slowly Alexa broke down her brick wall… The one that hide her from the truth
  21. 21. Her demons over take her… It’s hard for her to say no
  22. 22. All around her… Her “friends” fall to her same demons
  23. 23. God didn’t believe in her… Because she didn’t believe in him
  24. 24. Until that one bad “trip”
  25. 25. She discovered God was there all along.
  26. 26. Quitting is hard But so is sobriety
  27. 27. A lot of the hope lies in Jaime
  28. 28. Sticking together means survival For the both of them
  29. 29. The pain is so much but tears never come.
  30. 30. Her light is all burned out… She takes it from another
  31. 31. Even through all the pain she knows her journey will never end. But she can handle it
  32. 32. The strength inside has finally come out
  33. 33. This is her story, This is her life
  34. 34. It ends tonight
  35. 35. Six weeks of sobriety and… She’s finally herself again
  36. 36. Ask yourself • If your like Alexa, don’t give up hope. • There is ways to get help • The path wont be easy but nothing ever is • Go online, pick up a phone, talk to somebody…anyone. • www.towriteloveonherarms.com • www.familydrughelp.org
  37. 37. Where ever life takes you… I hope you find the strength you need to get through
  38. 38. Credits • Pictures- www.googleimages.com • Info- www.teendepression.com, www.baltimorecountymd.gov, www.thekeltyfoundation.org • Story- The girl who changed the world.

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