20 Why didn’t that person say anything to anyone? IN FACT…In almost 70% of all suicides the person told someone their intentions at least 1 hour before.Why didn’t that person say anything to anyone?
21 Youth Suicide Statistics Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24.2. There has been a 300% increase in youth suicides in the past 40 years.3. There has been a 128% increase in suicides for year olds since 1980.young people lose their lives to suicide each week.5. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.
25 Just a Bad Day or Something More… Do you think it is normal to have a bad day?What are some words that describe how you feel on your bad days?Does anyone notice you are having a bad day?If Yes, who?How do you know they notice?
27 Can you think of other examples? Suicide Threats“I would be better off dead!”“You won’t have me around much longer to bother you!”“I wish I was dead”“I am going to kill myself”…(this is straight forward, but it happens)Can you think of other examples?
28 Previous Suicide Attempts Four out of Five completed suicides are NOT the first attemptPhysical Mutilation is a sign of wanting to hurt oneself… that can result in suicide.Even if the attempt seems to be “only for attention” take it as a serious attempt.We get very upset at the Foundation when we hear someone refer to a “half hearted” attempt. Why would a student make a half-hearted attempt? As was stated earlier, Do they really want to die” What do they really want?
29 Sudden Changes in Behavior A quiet person becomes loud and obvious.A loud person becomes very quiet and reserved.A gentle person becomes aggressive and angers easily.An outgoing person becomes withdrawn.Changes in grades or class attendance
30 Depression Feeling the “blues” every day for two weeks or longer Feelings of being alone or of no one caringSleeplessness or wanting to sleep an abnormal amount of timeEating disorders- eating too much or not enoughSometimes we only think that a depressed person is quiet and withdrawn. Depression, especially in a young person, can exhibit itself by aggressive behavior and outbursts of rage or emotion. There are several behaviors that, if they are out of character for that individual, need to be addressed if nothing more than asking a few questions.
31 Final ArrangementsThe giving away of “prized possessions” examples: favorite piece of jewelry or clothing, driver’s license, collection, etc.“Making rounds”… the visiting of friends to set things right and say good-bye.Sharing of funeral plans (primarily by girls to a best friend).Sometimes this comes in the form of giving up an activity or interest. I told you that Jason loved football. Not long before his death he decided he didn’t want to play football anymore. This was completely out of character for him.I was in one class and referred to the giving away of jewelry. A young lady on the back row jumped up with eyes wide and said that her friend had given her a necklace the day before. You could see the fear in her eyes. After asking if her friend seemed happy and healthy and had never seemed unhappy, I assured her that she should accept the gift and be happy herself. If that friend had made comments about not wanting to live, and had stopped doing the things she enjoyed and then had given her a necklace that was special, we would need to be concerned. We need to be careful that we are not causing undue concern.
33 “Choices” Video Presentation As we watch the video again pay attention to the behavior of Mark and Jan to see if you can identify “signs of concern”. List on a piece of paper all the signs you see. Think about what you know about suicidal ideation. What would you have done before? What would you do now?
35 How to Help LIFE Listen Insist on honesty Feelings- share them Talk Listen RespondLIFEListenInsist on honestyFeelings- share themExtend a helping hand
36 IT’S ABOUT LIVING L*I*F*E L- represents the very first thing you must do…LISTENI-represents the second thing you can do to help..INSIST ON HONESTYF-stands for the third thing you can do to help your friend, talk about FEELINGS, yours and theirs.E-is for EXTEND A HELPING HAND. Go with your friend to get help.
37 POSSIBLE PLACES FOR HELP Favorite Teacher/CoachParentClergyGuidance CounselorMedical DoctorOther Trusted AdultCrisis LineLocal Mental Health Center
38 Friends Helping Friends If you see any of the signs mentioned in a friend or a classmate tell someone immediately.Be willing to risk your friendship to save a friend.REMEMBERYour knowledge of suicidal ideationcould save someone’s life.Explain and Distribute Promise Cards.
39 The Jason Foundation 181 East Main Street, Suite 5 Hendersonville, TN 37075