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Suicide Prevention

Killing yourself won't make you happy, it will simply make you dead. In the next 24 hours 1,439 Teens will attempt suicide.




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DISCLAIMER: This page is for information only and is not intended to be used as a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional

One of my best friends commited suicide. Another one of my friends attempted suicide. The main reson I made this webpage is to help prevent teens from commiting suicide. If this page can help just one person then it will be well worth my efforts. If you or some one you know is thinking about suicide PLEASE GET HELP NOW! Below is a link to a number of differnt numbers you can call for help categorized by state. There are also links to books you can read and links to other pages with information on suicide and suicide prevention. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among adolescents aged 15-19 years in the United States. 61% of all suicides in the United States are accomplished by firearm. Hanging and strangulation account for 15% of suicide deaths, gas posioning for 7% and other forms including overdose 10%. No one should feel guilty about not preventing a suicide that has already taken place, everyone can feel optimistic about the possibility of preventing a suicide in the future.



WARNING SIGNS


The person actually talks about suicide. 

The person talks about feeling hopeless and/or worthless. 

The person gives away important possessions. 

The person seems to be getting his/her affairs in order. 

The person seems preoccupied with death. 

The person no longer shows an interest in favorite things or activities. 

Although the person has seemed sad, suddenly he/she is calm and happy. 

The person is reckless, endangering his/her life and/or those of others. 

The person is abusing drugs and/or alcohol. 

The person has suffered a recent loss: employement, death, divorce, money, status, relationship, etc. 

The person suffers from symptoms of depression. 

What can you do to help?

Ask if the person is thinking about suicide. 

Listen openly and without judging. 

Believe what a person says, and take all threats seriously. 

Never keep someone's suicidal feelings a secret. 

Share responsibility by getting others involved. 

Reassure the person that help is available, and support and encourage him/her to reach out to sources of help in the community. 

Act immediately if you feel someone is at imminent risk for suicide by involving others who can help... and if necessary make contact with the police, emergency services, or a hospital to ensure the person's safety. 

Who can help?

Crisis/Distress Line 
Mental Health Clinics 
Family Physician 
Local Hospital 
Clergy 
Community Leader or Elder 
School or Work Counsellor 


clickHERE: for a list of crisis phone numbers
clickHERE: for a list books on suicide

Suicide Facts

There are several facts about suicide that we do know:

1. Suicide rate in young people has been increasing.
2. Suicide is uncommon in children under the age of 10 but its incidence increases after the onset of puberty and peaks at young adulthood.
3. There are many more attempted suicides than compleated suicides.
4. Many youths (between 60-80%) have sought help within the previous month before the suicide.
5. There is an increased risk if the youth has a previous history of attempted suicide.
6. Many completed suicides are well planned with the youths intending to kill themselves.
7. Suicide has major impact on family members and the youth's peers.
8. "Copy cat" suicides can occur and may follow dramatic portrayals of suicides on television programs or media items.

Suicide Myths

There are also many myths about suicide:

1. It can't happen to my teenage child.
2. Talking about suicidal intent will lead to suicide.
3. Suicide attempt is a manipulative behaviour and therefore should be ignored or even punished.
4. Suicides occur only in lower socio-economic groups.
5. Suicides come out of the blue with little or no warning.
6. Teenagers will "learn" from their "mistakes" and they won't try again.
7. Depression and other mental disorders do not occur in young people.

Statistics

The adolescent suicide rate is nearly 33% higher than that of the overall population.

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of adolescent death, following homicide and accidents.

As many as a quarter of a million adolescents make a serious unsuccessful effort to kill themselves every year.

About every 20 seconds someone someone in america attempts suicide.

Every 90 minutes a teenager or young adult is successful in killing themselves.

Guns are the most common means of suicide amoung males.

Pills are the most commonly used means of suicide for females.

April is the month with the highest suicide rate

When a person who's been depressed for a long time seems to cheer up, it is often a bad sign. A person who has seemed to reach a kind of peace or contentment after a long period of depression may actually be feeling relieved: He or she has finally decided to commit suicide and that decision brings a certain kind of relief.


Here is a list of links you may find helpful. Please Sign the guest book with any thoughts or comments you may have while you are here. :)








Teen Suicide: a great place for more info on preventing Teen Suicide
Help in the Fight Against Teen Suicide: Very good resource
Suicide by Teens: another great resource
Prevent Teen Suicide: A great list of suicide warning signs and much more
need to talk to someone?:
SA/VE : Sucicide Awarness/Voices of Education
Sucide Prevention:
Prevention information:
Suicide Prevention:
Sucide Prevention: Great site it has spanish and french and english options
Northern California Suicide prevention: great source of information

 This web page was made in loving memory of Chris Roldan.