2 Suicide Risk FactorsAlienation-the feeling of being isolated and separated from everyone else.Suicide-the act of intentionally taking ones life.More than 90% of people whokill themselves, sufferedfrom depression or anothermental disorder.
3 Risk Factors…………. Alcohol abuse Drug abuse History of physical or sexual abusePrevious family history of Suicideor mental/emotional disorders.
4 Verbal Warning signs Direct Statements “I want to die” “I don’t want to live any more”“I wish I were deadIndirect Statements“ I won’t have to put up with this much longer”“I just want to go to sleep and never wake up”“Nothing Matters”“What’s the use”“Soon the pain will be all over”Poem writing, Song Lyrics or diary entries that deal with death
5 Non-Verbal Behavioral Signs Obsessed with death.Loss of Friends-withdrawals from them.Personality changes are major.Gives away personal things.Complains of physical problems.School work drops off.
6 Ideas to prevent Suicide If someone is talking about Suicide-Take them seriously!!Seek intervention as soon as possibleTell someone!!Preferably an adult orsomeone of authority
7 Helping others with M/E issues Start a meaningful conversation:Showing interest and compassion for a person can go a long ways.Listen, be patient and understanding.Show support & ask questionsLet them know that most problems can be solved.Emphasize that suicide is NOT the answer.Get them to seek help!Encourage them to talk to their parents, pastor, counselor, or other trusted adult.
8 Discussion QuestionsA person suffering from depression feels both helpless and hopeless. How do these feelings make it hard for depressed person to get help? How do they overcome these feelings?List the different resources you have to get help if a friend or family member was thinking of suicide. Are there some in this building? List