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.
Elevated rates of depression, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts have been found in youth who are bullied and also in those who bully others. It is important to remember: Bullying does not cause suicide, but it may put youth who are already vulnerable at an increased risk for self-harm. Bullying and Suicide
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) illustrates the “Victimization-Suicidality Pathway”: Bullying and Suicide Pre-existing vulnerability Victimization Depression, Decreased self-esteem, Decreased self-worth, Feelings of Entrapment, Loneliness, Withdrawal, Anxiety, Insomnia, Hopelessness… (New symptoms and/or exacerbations or previous symptoms) Suicidal Ideation Suicide Attempt Death by Suicide Invites Results in Which are risk factors for
SIGNS 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 RISK FACTORS 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 Parents Teachers Social Workers School Nurse Close relatives or friends REACH OUT AND TALK TO SOMEONE 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. Laravee 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. A First Step…. Social Work Office is room 128