Presentation on theme: "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem."— Presentation transcript:
Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem
Occasional sadness or bad moods are common in adolescence… HOWEVER… major depression limits a teenager’s ability to function normally. The good news is that depression is a treatable illness. It’s NOT a weakness or moral failure. It also tends to run in families….
5 or more of the following symptoms consistently present for two weeks or more. ◦ Feelings of hopelessness, sadness, anger or guilt ◦ Loss of interest in activities that used to be fun ◦ Isolation from friends/family ◦ School performance slips ◦ Headaches, stomach aches or chronic pain ◦ Difficulty controlling emotions ◦ Inability to concentrate ◦ Decreased or increased appetite ◦ Lack of energy/Sleeping too much or too little ◦ Thoughts about death or suicide
Risk factors for suicide in teens: ◦ Depression ◦ Alcohol or drug abuse ◦ Aggressive behavior/disruption disorder Risks of suicide among people with depression is 30 times that of the general population!!! Suicide is the 3 rd leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds and the 4 th leading cause of death for 10-14 year olds.
SIGNSRISK FACTORS Talking about wanting to die Irritability in teens Unusual neglect of personal hygiene Saying things like, “the world would be better without me around” Giving away personal possessions Sudden, dramatic IMPROVEMENT in mood Access to weapons Substance Abuse History of impulsive or aggressive behavior Bizarre thoughts, hallucinations or actions Family history of suicide Previous suicide attempts
SHARE YOUR CONCERNS WITH PEOPLE WHO CARE REACH OUT AND TALK TO SOMEONE Parents Teachers Social Workers School Nurse Close relatives or friends Guidance counselors Family doctors Clergy or Youth Ministers Coaches
If you or someone you know needs help, your first step should be to call us: ◦ Ms. Beach 630-570-8572 ◦ Mr. Kupres630-570-8576 ◦ Mrs. Plantz630-570-8574 ◦ Mr. McMahon630-570-8573 We can help you find resources available in the community for children, adolescents and adults REMEMBER, THERE IS ALWAYS HELP. THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE.