9Youth depression: Facts One in every 8 adolescents may have depression. Major depression is more common in higher-risk groups.The majority of children and adolescents with depression do not get help they need.Depression is a treatable illness that is not the person’s fault.Treatment for depression includes counseling, sometimes with medication.
19How do you support your child or loved one? You must first understand what people (including yourself) may be feeling
20Feelings after a tragedy ShockDisbeliefNumbScaredSadAngryHelplessGuiltRelief
21Physical stress responses to a tragedy Trembling or shakingDizzinessPounding heartRapid breathingRacing thoughtsLump in throat; feeling choked upStomach tightening or churning
22The UnknowingThe difficult part is not knowing what the person is feeling and experiencing…
23Thinking of YouIt is natural to feel nervous or even afraid of facing another person's painful feelings.It is important not to let these feelings prevent you from doing what you can to help someone who is struggling.The most important thing to do is simply to be there and listen and show you care.
29What is a Suicide PactAn agreement between two or more people to commit suicide together.
30Dynamics of a Suicide Pact Feelings of severe, emotional problems; hopeless and helplessSupport each other in livingEngage in mutual activitiesOpenly discuss feelingsIdea of suicide becomes easierEfforts to support each other fall shortEfforts to get help from others failLose hope
31Ultimate TragedyThese once supportive individuals encourage each other in suicidal behavior.
32“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” -Dr. Leo Buscaglia, Author and Motivational Speaker
33CommunicatingVerbal CommunicationNon-Verbal Communication
34Listen Without judgment Take what they say seriously Do not be afraid to ask the question, “Are you thinking of committing suicide?”
35What Not to Say “I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL.” “Don’t feel ________.” (sad, angry, guilty)“It will be better tomorrow.”“Don’t cry.”“At least you’re not hurt.”“She’s in a better place.”“We are all upset.”“He’s out of his pain.”“It could be worse.”“You have to stay strong for your kids.”
36Emotions Are Rarely Simple Don't be distressed by differences in the your child responds. It may be different from yours!One person may react very calmly.Another may express strong feelings.One person may have an immediate emotional response.Another may be "numb" at first and respond emotionally later.
37NON VERBAL – BODY LANGUAGE Scientists say that body language accounts for 80% of the message we try to tell others and that what we actually say is only 20%.
38How do you support your child or loved one? Be understandingEncourage physical activityEncourage social activityLearn more about depressionGet in treatment / Stay involved in treatmentConsider medication
39Consult, consult, consult. Do not be afraid to ask for help Consult, consult, consult! Do not be afraid to ask for help. You are not alone.
40Community Resources: Crisis or Help Numbers First Call for Help (FBH)National Suicide Prevention LifelineThe Trevor ProjectCrisis Text LineChildren’s Home Society
41Community Resources: Training QPR Institute ASIST Networks for Life from YSPP