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Preventing Youth Suicide is Everyone’s Responsibility

Every person has a choice or decision- suicide is not temporary it’s forever. Let’s help people……..

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FACTS ABOUT SUICIDE

  • Talking about suicide does not increase the risk
  • Many suicides can be prevented
  • 3/4 of suicide victims have stated their intentions to someone beforehand
  • Most youth have suicidal feelings for only a limited period of time

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WARNING SIGNS

  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Violent actions or angry outburst
  • Self-destructive or Risk-taking behavior
  • Alcohol or Drug abuse
  • Sudden changes in behavior
  • Hopelessness and Depression
  • Decline in school or work performance
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Making statements about death or dying
  • Moving to a new town or school Loss of a relationship; boyfriend/girlfriend, separation or divorce
  • Increased isolation
  • Withdrawal from social activities

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 YOU CAN  HELP

  • Take the mentioning of suicide seriously, stay calm
  • Let them share their feelings
  • Try not to lecture or make moral judgements
  • Don’t change the subject
  • Don’t promise to keep it secret
  • Don’t leave an actively suicidal youth alone
  • Recruit Help! Spread the responsibility by telling others: a mental health professional, teacher, family member counselor

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Author- Oklahoma Department of Mental Health Substance and Abuse Services- Youth Suicide Prevention

http://ok.gov/odmhsas/

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