Presentation on theme: "Suicide Prevention Shadle Park HS, April 2, 2015 Dr. Dave Crump, Director SPS Chris Moore, Coordinator, SPS Sabrina Votova, Coordinator, Youth Suicide."— Presentation transcript:
Suicide Prevention Shadle Park HS, April 2, 2015 Dr. Dave Crump, Director SPS Chris Moore, Coordinator, SPS Sabrina Votova, Coordinator, Youth Suicide Prevention Program
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.
How do you support your child or loved one? You must first understand what people (including yourself) may be feeling
Feelings after a tragedy Shock Disbelief Numb Scared Sad Angry Helpless Guilt Relief
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
The Unknowing The difficult part is not knowing what the person is feeling and experiencing…
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.
What is Suicide Contagion and Glamorization?
Contagion Suicide Grief + Over-identification + Fixation ___________________ An increase in suicidal behavior among vulnerable people who have been exposed to suicide
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
Glamorization News Media Social Media
Glamorization Memorials Yearbooks
What is a Suicide Pact An agreement between two or more people to commit suicide together.
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
Ultimate Tragedy These once supportive individuals encourage each other in suicidal behavior.
“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
Communicating Verbal Communication Non-Verbal Communication
Listen Without judgment Take what they say seriously Do not be afraid to ask the question, “Are you thinking of committing suicide?”
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.”
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.
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%.
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
Consult, consult, consult! Do not be afraid to ask for help. You are not alone.
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
Community Resources: Training QPR Institute ASIST Networks for Life from YSPP
Community Resources: Websites (healthy communities, suicide prevention)