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					Suicide Prevention Coalition
      of Lucas County
      www.lucas-suicide-prevention.org




     Beating the Stigma of
    Depression and Suicide
           Beating the Stigma of
          Depression and Suicide

 A disease is no one’s fault
 Depression is a disease, like heart disease or the
  disease of asthma
 Depression is common and very treatable
 A healthy body is good mental health and good
  physical health
        Beating the Stigma of
       Depression and Suicide

The Major obstacle preventing people
 from getting help to beat depression is
 Stigma. Stigma is a real problem.

     Stigma can be obvious or subtle
       Stigma of Depression
 In the beginning, depression was
  misconstrued as resulting from demonic
  possession, moral failing, distorted
  sexual feelings, and bad parenting
 Stigma gives a person a feeling of
  disgrace, weakness, a defect in there
  character
             Stigma Fosters…

 Loss of relationships - school, work,
  marriage, family, friends
 Living in silence – denial
 Refusing to seek treatment
 Difficulty focusing at work / school
 Shame
 Low self esteem
 Rejection – Isolation
 Stress and other health hardships
               J.K Rowlings used her
               experience of
               depression when creating:
               “The Dementors”

Dementors are black hooded creatures who
create a cold empty feeling and leach
happiness from their victims.
      Brief Facts About Suicide

 Approximately 30 thousand people die in
  the U.S. each year from suicide
 In 2009, Lucas County had 69 suicides
 The largest population at risk right now is
  white males between 45 and 70 years of age
 Suicide occurs in any ethnic, economic, social
  or age group
   Brief Facts About Depression
 Each year approximately 20.9 million
  Americans suffer from depression.
 Depression is the most prevalent mental
  health disorder
 A child who has a family history of depression
  is 11 times more likely to have depression
 Less than 25% of people with depression
  receive sufficient treatment
Brief Facts About Depression (cont.)
 Depression untreated can lead to alcohol and
  substance abuse, hence recurrent episodes
  of depression;
 Family members surviving the loss of a
  suicide victim, not only suffer the loss of a
  loved one, but are also at higher risk now, of
  emotional problems and suicide;
 Depression untreated can lead to suicide.
        Links Between Suicide
           and Depression
 2/3 of the people who complete suicide
  are in a condition of depression
 Persons who have multiple episodes of
  depression are at greater risk for suicide
 People who have depression with
  associated alcohol or drug dependence
  are at greater risk of suicide
      Links Between Depression
          and Suicide (cont.)

The lifetime risk of suicide for persons
with untreated depressive disorder
increases nearly 20%
(Gotlib and Hammen, 2002)
          Suicide- The Real Truth

 Suicide is preventable – humans by nature
  have an instinct to survive
 Suicide comes about when people are in
  intensely painful emotional states. These
  same people lose hope and see no
  resolution to their difficulties
 As a rule suicidal persons give signs of
  their vulnerability to suicide
 Talking about suicide does not cause
  someone to become suicidal
    Be familiar with The Warning
          Signs of Suicide
Feeling like a burden + feeling
unwanted + numbness (feeling no fear) =
Attempt or death by suicide!

 Talking about or planning suicide
 Agitation
 Insomnia
Be Familiar With the Warning Signs of
Suicide. (cont.)
 Nightmares
 Withdrawal from what was once normal
  behavioral
 Give away prized possessions
 Deteriorating health
 Loneliness
       Be Familiar With the Warning
         Signs of Suicide (cont.)

 Have a recent severe loss or threat of a
  significant loss (humiliation)
 Prepare for death by making out a will
  or final arrangements (unexpectedly)
 Have attempted suicide before
 Increase use of alcohol or drugs
        Firearms Can Further Suicide

 Make highly lethal means less accessible
 With guns there are no do-over's
 Firearms are used in over ¾ of all suicides
 The ACTUAL act of suicide is often highly impulsive
                  Stigma Busting

 Pay attention to the behavior of friends
 Accept that early intervention makes a difference
 Talk about access to guns and other lethal mean
 Don’t wait for your friend’s behavior to improve before
  you engage him/her in conversation
 Offer or find a quiet, safe place to talk
 Know that you have to listen and listen
               Stigma Busting (cont.)

 Be patient and encourage your friend to talk
  and share
 Error on the side of being cautious
 Take action that could involve taking your
  friend to the hospital, calling 911 or Rescue
  Crisis 419.255.9585 or 1.800.273.TALK
     Be THAT Stigma Buster
 We need each of you here today to be a
  stigma buster - No excuses!
 Share your mood changes / experiences with
  others
 Describe successful people who have worked
  through depression
 Invite the Lucas County Suicide Prevention
  Coalition to present to any group you are
  affiliated with- church, schools, parent groups
References

Family Education and resource center,
mental health association of Alameda
County

Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation

American Association of Suicidology
www.suicidology.org
June 29,2010

				
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