Presentation on theme: "Teen Suicide: Let's deal with it. Let's prevent it."— Presentation transcript:
Teen Suicide: Let's deal with it. Let's prevent it.
By: James S. Anthony, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist Center for Human Development 4505 White Bear Parkway, Suite 1800 White Bear Lake, MN 55110 651-426-8191 chdtherapy.com jamessanthony.com
Presentation Outline Depression in Youth Myths vs Facts About Suicide/Depression Depression Symptoms Suicide Warning Signs How to Help Psychotherapy Spirituality Coping with Loss from Suicide Suicide Contagion
Depression in youth Being a teen is tough enough when you're healthy, but it can be unbearable for teens with depression Teens do not need to handle this alone. Depression may lead to suicide Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people 10 to 25 years old. Treating depression is the most effective way to prevent suicide Teens may struggle with pressure to fit in, relationship break-ups, school work pressures, and home problems.
Myths vs Facts about Suicide/Depression Suicide is usually a cry for help
Depression Symptoms Feeling sad, empty or numb Tired or overwhelmed Cry easily Can't sleep or sleep well Can't eat No interest in anything In pain Angry, moody, easily irritated Abuse drugs or alcohol No hope
Suicide Warning Signs Talking about suicide or death Feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless Previous suicide attempts Has experienced a loss Making preparations, such as a will or giving things away, saying goodbye or making amends Buying or having a gun and bullets or pills Suddenly becoming happier when originally sad
How to HELP: 1-800-SUICIDE, 911 Show that you care and express concern Actively encourage the person to seek help and stay close until help arrives Ask about suicide thoughts and intention Be kind, understanding, and supportive Don't blame yourself, anyone else, or the person Don't offer glib reassurance, argue, or challenge
What is Psychotherapy? Focus on goals, thoughts, behaviors, and relationships related to depression Goal is getting and staying well, not just getting better. Helps you learn to change how depression makes you think, feel, and act Help overcome low self-esteem and pessimism Help to cope with stress and foster resilience May be most effective in conjunction with medication.
Spirituality Meaning, values, and purpose in life Feelings of peace and harmony Getting involved Belonging Helping others Inspiration from others such as: DARKNESS VISIBLE: A MEMOIR OF MADNESS by William Styron
Coping with Loss from Suicide You'll need time to grieve and heal Need to understand suicide Understand your feelings Work through any guilt or anger Talk about feelings of loss and pain Get support and help Remember the person who has died Seek inner peace Take care of yourself Tell the truth, but no need for details
Suicide Contagion Exposure to a suicide influences others to attempt or commit suicide Not censorship but responsible reporting No sensationalizing or normalizing Be concise and factual Do not be graphic
Suicide Contagion (2) Do not call it a “successful” suicide Publicize resources—hot lines, counseling, etc. Avoid simplistic explanations for suicide Do not glorify the suicide victim or the method
Thank you. Any questions or comments? James S. Anthony, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist Center for Human Development White Bear Lake, MN 651-426-8191 Jamessanthony.com 1-800-SUICIDE