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Prevention Harm: Suicide/Depression HB 1386. Preventing Harm: Suicide/Depression O When Life just happens: O Divorce O Someone you care about dies O Difficult.

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1 Prevention Harm: Suicide/Depression HB 1386

2 Preventing Harm: Suicide/Depression O When Life just happens: O Divorce O Someone you care about dies O Difficult home life O Dating relationship ends in a breakup O Problems in a friendship or social group O Family experiences financial problems

3 Preventing Harm Everyone feels sad or down sometimes. If you have overwhelming feelings of despair that last for more than two weeks, depression can be the cause.

4 Preventing Harm O Depression O Signs and Symptoms: O Feeling overwhelmed by life O Feeling worthless or hopeless O Loss of interest in things/activates O Lack of energy O Forgetfulness and not being able to concentrate O Changes in eating and sleeping habits

5 Preventing Harm O Other Warning Signs of Depression: O Tearful and frequent crying O Restlessness and agitation O Feelings of worthlessness and guilt O Lack of motivation and enthusiasm

6 Emotionally and Physically Healthy O Remember that feeling sad or depressed is a normal part of life O Tips to meet your emotional and physical needs 1) We need both emotional and physical care to strike a good balance. 2) Keep it simple

7 Emotionally and Physically Healthy O Simple Steps to staying emotionally and physically healthy: O Balancing both (emotional and physical) O Physical: O Eating habits O Sleep habits O H2O (water) O Outside

8 Preventing Harm O What to do if I get depressed: O Learn about depression O Get help O Find a trusted adult O See a doctor O Stay healthy O Get involved O Tell someone if you feel suicidal

9 Suicide O Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth aged 10-24. O Youth and students that use alcohol or tobacco are at an elevated risk and illicit drug use further compounds the risk for suicide. O Studies show that 90 percent of the individuals that complete suicide had a diagnosable mental health issue. (

10 Myths People who talk about suicide won't really do it. Only crazy people commit suicide. Talking about suicide may give someone the idea to commit suicide. If a person is determined to kill him/herself, nothing is going to stop him/her. People who attempt suicide are just trying to get attention. No one I know would commit suicide.

11 Warning Signs O Noticeable change in behavior. O Signs of depression (sleeping problems, change in appetite, feelings of hopelessness, etc.) O Alcohol or drug abuse. O Obsession with death. O Decline in performance or participation in activities. O Suicidal gesturing or reckless behavior. O Giving away prized possessions. O Unusual purchases (weapon, rope, pills). O Sudden happiness after a prolonged depression. O Talking about suicide or dying. O Withdrawal from friends or family. O Previous suicide attempts. O Statements about hopelessness, worthlessness, helplessness. O Inability to concentrate or trouble remembering. O Chronic pain or frequent complaints of physical symptoms.

12 Triggers O Being bullied O Break up with girlfriend/boyfriend O Death of a parent or any important person O Divorce O Being ridiculed by peers/not being accepted O A humiliating experience O Contagion

13 What can you do? O Listen and express concern in a non- judgmental way. O Take action. - get them connected with professional help. O Ask questions openly (e.g., "Do you have a plan?" "Will you talk with someone who can help?") O Show that you care. O Take suicide threats seriously.

14 What not to do O Do NOT keep it a secret. O Do NOT sidestep the issue or treat it lightly. O Do NOT leave the person alone. O Do NOT offer simple solutions. O Do NOT judge. O Do NOT offer or suggest drugs or alcohol. O Do NOT try to be a therapist - get professional help.

15 Get Help 1. DO NOT LEAVE THE PERSON AT RISK ALONE! 2. Find a trusted adult to assist IMMEDIATELY. This can be a teacher, coach, counselor, parent or church staff. 3. Calling a hotline is appropriate as well. 4. If you are the person having thoughts, follow these same guidelines.

16 How can I maintain my emotional health? O Finding ways to be connected to your family and school. O Being involved to create a safer school. O Finding ways to enhance self-esteem. O Working toward academic achievement. O Developing positive relationships with peers at school and other places. O Be willing to ask for help when needed. O Finding opportunities to be responsible for others (volunteering or taking care of pets). O Taking time each day to do something positive for yourself.


18 Preventing Harm There is Help and there is Hope! You don’t have to go through it alone. Resources: O Parent or trusted adult O School counselor/Teacher O 1(800) 762-0157 O 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255) O Dial 911

19 References and Resources Your BMMS teachers, coaches, principals, counselors and staff. A trusted adult Denton County MHMR - 24 Hour Crisis Hotline – 1-800- 762-0157 or TTY – 1-800-269-6233 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or TTY 1-800-799-4889 American Association of Suicidology – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Mental Health America of Texas – National Institute for Mental Health – Suicide Prevention Resource Center –

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