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1 Youth Suicide: Prevention Works!

2 Irritability Anxiety Physical complaints Over-reaction to criticism Poor school performance Signs and Symptoms of Depression

3 School or work effects - missing class Physical Effects - losing weight Emotional or personal effects - friends annoyed that I am always “down” Possible Impacts of Depression

4 Someone to listen Learn skills for coping Support Benefits of Getting Help

5 Thoughts Attempts Death Suicidal Behaviors

6 True or False? Two Washington State youth complete suicide each week True or False? One out of ten youth attempts suicide True or False? One out of five youth seriously considers suicide True or False? Talking about suicide will “cause” someone to do it True or False? A person who talks about suicide is not really serious about dying True or False? Over 30% of GLB (gay, lesbian, bisexual) youth attempt suicide Facts & Myths About Suicide

7 Youth suicide is a major problem in Washington State Talking about suicide may help to save a life The Point Is…

8 Additional Risk Factors for GLBTQ Youth: Gender nonconformity Coming out: – Early – Not coming out to anyone Homophobia Internalized homophobia/Internal conflict Heterosexism Lack of access to gay/trans friendly services

9 Individual  Depression, hopelessness anxiety  drugs and/or alcohol use Home Family conflicts/fights Death/divorce Abuse Rejection School Failing grades Suspension School pressures Rejection Relationships Break up with girlfriend/ boyfriend Pregnancy Bullying Underlying Causes of Suicidal Behavior

10 LOSS is a common theme. There are usually many causes. The Point is….

11 Suicide-Risk Behaviors - Past attempts - Talking about suicide, making plans - Preoccupation with death Depression - Moody, down - Feeling hopeless, withdrawing  Drug Use Things that  Risk - Easy access to guns - Impulsiveness - No one to talk to - Victimization experiences Warning Signs

12 Ignoring or dismissing the issue - “Oh, let’s talk about something else.” - “You’ll meet another girl and forget this one; you’re a great guy.” Acting shocked or embarrassed - “You aren’t REALLY thinking of suicide, are you?” Challenging or debating - “So go ahead; see if things really DO get better.” - “Don’t you know that it is wrong to kill yourself?” Giving harmful advice - “Let’s go get drunk and forget about all our problems.” What is NOT Helpful

13 Show You Care - Listen carefully “I’m concerned about you... about how you feel.” What IS Helpful

14 Ask the Question - Be direct, but caring & non- confrontational “Are you thinking about suicide?” What IS Helpful

15 Get Help - Do not leave him/her alone “You’re not alone. Let me help you.” What IS Helpful

16 Youth Suicide: Resources School counselor Crisis telephone hotline: TALK U-Trevor (GLBT support) Physician/health care provider Mental health specialist Coaches & youth leaders Parents & clergy GLBT friendly services/people in community and schools

17 Youth Suicide: Prevention Works!


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