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Suicide Prevention Shadle Park HS, April 2, 2015 Dr. Dave Crump, Director SPS Chris Moore, Coordinator, SPS Sabrina Votova, Coordinator, Youth Suicide.

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1 Suicide Prevention Shadle Park HS, April 2, 2015 Dr. Dave Crump, Director SPS Chris Moore, Coordinator, SPS Sabrina Votova, Coordinator, Youth Suicide Prevention Program

2 Today’s agenda Signs and Symptoms Contagion and Glamorization Communication Community Resources Questions & Answers © YSPP

3 Depression among adolescents is extremely rare, and the symptoms are so dramatic that it is obvious when depression affects a teen. MYTH Depression is actually relatively common among youth. Symptoms may be subtle, confusing, or hard to distinguish from normal adolescent behavior. Myth or Fact? © YSPP

4 Normal adolescent behavior Testing rules and limits Touchy if asked too many questions Moody at times Easily embarrassed Amplified emotions and reactions Moving away from family – peer-oriented and motivated by peers' approval © YSPP

5 Signs and Symptoms of Suicide Increased use of alcohol and/or drugs Changing normal routine, such as eating and sleeping patterns Preoccupied with death, dying or violence Feeling trapped and hopeless Engaging in risky and/or self-destructive behavior Giving away personal belongings © YSPP

6 Signs and Symptoms of Suicide Lack of or difficulty concentrating Feelings of worthlessness or guilt Impulsivity Hyperactivity Talking or joking about suicide Mood swings © YSPP

7 Signs and Symptoms of Suicide Developing personality changes, such as becoming very shy or outgoing Talking positively about death or romanticizing dying (“If I were dead, people might love me more.”) Saying things like, “I’d be better off dead”, “I wish I could disappear forever”, or “There’s no way out.” Writing stories or poetry about death, dying or suicide © YSPP

8 Depression Depression is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts It effects the way a person eats, sleeps, thinks, and the way one feels about oneself, others and life It engulfs your day to day life, interfering with one’s ability to work, study, eat and have fun © YSPP

9 Youth 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.

10 Irritability Persistent anxiety and/or feelings of sadness A drop in school performance Problems with authority Indecision, lack of concentration Poor self-esteem Overreaction to criticism Frequent physical complaints Signs of youth depression © YSPP

11 Helplessness, hopelessness, sadness Loss of interest in activities Appetite or weight change Sleep changes Loss of energy Easily loses temper Anger or hostility Self-loathing Tearful, frequent crying Withdrawal from loved ones Signs of youth depression © YSPP

12 Problems at school Running away Drug and alcohol abuse Fixation on suicide Talking about death Giving away prized/special possessions Signs of youth depression © YSPP

13 When your depressed student begins to feel better. A time for caution © YSPP

14 It’s more than just a bad day. © YSPP

15 This is second only to depression as a risk factor! Often goes hand in hand with mental disorders More than 3 times more likely to consider, plan or attempt suicide Among substance abusers, 11% had serious thoughts of suicide Substance Abuse and Suicide © YSPP

16 There are gender differences in youth suicide risk. FACT While girls are more likely to attempt suicide than boys are, boys often choose more dangerous methods and are more likely to die from suicide. Myth or Fact? © YSPP

17 Signs of suicidal thinking: The FACTS F eelings Sad, lonely, hopeless, in pain, moody, irritable, increased depression A ctions Pushing away friends and family, giving away important possessions, using alcohol/drugs, making unsafe decisions, looking at suicide plans, making art or writing about death, saying goodbye C hanges Changes in school performance, appearance or hygiene, personality or attitude T hreats Saying they’re going to kill themselves, saying goodbye S ituations A recent crisis or trigger situation © YSPP

18 Youth who talk about suicide aren't the ones who are serious about it; they are just trying to get attention. MYTH 80% of youth who attempt suicide have talked about it or shown warning signs. These are other, more serious signs that a youth might be considering suicide: Talking about suicide, wishing they were dead or wanting to die Talking about suicide plan Myth or Fact? © YSPP

19 How do you support your child or loved one? You must first understand what people (including yourself) may be feeling

20 Feelings after a tragedy Shock Disbelief Numb Scared Sad Angry Helpless Guilt Relief

21 Physical stress responses to a tragedy Trembling or shaking Dizziness Pounding heart Rapid breathing Racing thoughts Lump in throat; feeling choked up Stomach tightening or churning

22 The Unknowing The difficult part is not knowing what the person is feeling and experiencing…

23 Thinking of You It 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.

24 What is Suicide Contagion and Glamorization?

25 Contagion Suicide Grief + Over-identification + Fixation ___________________ An increase in suicidal behavior among vulnerable people who have been exposed to suicide

26 Risk Factors for Contagion Suicide 1.A triggering event ~ a suicide + 2.Media coverage AND social media 3.Close friends and “close friends” 4.Vulnerable groups of students

27 Glamorization News Media Social Media

28 Glamorization Memorials Yearbooks

29 What is a Suicide Pact An agreement between two or more people to commit suicide together.

30 Dynamics of a Suicide Pact Feelings of severe, emotional problems; hopeless and helpless Support each other in living Engage in mutual activities Openly discuss feelings Idea of suicide becomes easier Efforts to support each other fall short Efforts to get help from others fail Lose hope

31 Ultimate Tragedy These 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

33 Communicating Verbal Communication Non-Verbal Communication

34 Listen Without judgment Take what they say seriously Do not be afraid to ask the question, “Are you thinking of committing suicide?”

35 What 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.”

36 Emotions 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.

37 NON 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%.

38 How do you support your child or loved one? Be understanding Encourage physical activity Encourage social activity Learn more about depression Get in treatment / Stay involved in treatment Consider medication

39 Consult, consult, consult! Do not be afraid to ask for help. You are not alone.

40 Community Resources: Crisis or Help Numbers First Call for Help (FBH) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline The Trevor Project Crisis Text Line Children’s Home Society

41 Community Resources: Training QPR Institute ASIST Networks for Life from YSPP

42 Community Resources: Websites (healthy communities, suicide prevention)


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