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……..
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
- 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
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
Author- Oklahoma Department of Mental Health Substance and Abuse Services- Youth Suicide Prevention
College drinking problems
College drinking is extremely widespread:
- About four out of five college students drink alcohol.
- About half of college students who drink, also consume alcohol through binge drinking.
Each year, drinking affects college students, as well as college communities, and families. The consequences of drinking include:
- Death: 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.
- Assault: More than 690,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
- Sexual Abuse: More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
- Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 receive unintentional injuries while under the influence of alcohol.
- Academic Problems: About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.
- Health Problems/Suicide Attempts: More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use.
- Drunk Driving: 2.8 million students between the ages of 18 and 24 reported driving under the influence of alcohol.
Underage Drinking is Everyone’s Problem
Underage Drinking is everyone’s problem. According to the Surgeon General’s call to action to prevent and reduce underage drinking, “About 45% of people who die in car crashes involving a drinking driver under age 21 are people other than the driver.” That’s nearly, half of the people who die. What does this mean?
- Were you a passenger ejected from a vehicle driven by a drunk driver?
- Were you the driver on the other side of the road when the drunk driver crossed the median?
- Was it your son or daughter crossing the street on a dark summer night when they were hit by the drunk driver?
Ending underage drinking is everyone’s job. It seems that the Alcohol Industries deliver the message “Drink Responsibly” better than the community at large. It is everyone’s responsibility in the community to ensure that young people can grow up and feel good about themselves without drinking alcohol. What are you doing to help????
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Top 14 Side Effects of Alcohol Use
- Addiction (alcoholism)
- Slurred Speech
- Disturbed Sleep
- Impaired Learning
- Fetal alcohol syndrome
- Respiratory depression and death
- Cirrhosis and cancer of the liver
- Impaired motor skills
- Violent behavior
- Excessive drinking can lead to decrease testosterone in a man’s body and cause impotence.
-Information provided by: The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health Substance and Abuse Services
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