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Youth Suicide Warning Signs

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									Youth Suicide
Prevention:
Selecting Educational Videos
Presented by:
Sue Eastgard, MSW
Director, Youth Suicide Prevention Program
of Washington State

www.yspp.org
Youth Suicide: The Facts

 • An average of 2 youth between the ages of 10
   and 24 kill themselves each week in
   Washington State

 • In a recent state survey, more than one in
   every 10 high school students reported having
   attempted suicide; nearly one in four (20% -
   25%) had seriously considered it

 • Youth suicide outnumber youth homicides

 • Over 30% of GLBQ youth report at least one
   suicide attempt within the past year
Number of suicides vs. number
of attempts
Washington State youth (2003-2007)
Males complete suicide more often
than females
Washington State youth (2003-2007)
Females are more likely to be
hospitalized for suicidal behavior
than males
Washington State youth (2003-2007)
 Number of attempted suicides   1600
                                1400
                                1200
                                1000
                                                               Female
                                800
                                                               Male
                                600
                                400
                                200
                                   0
                                       10-14   15-19   20-24
Males use more immediate & less
reversible means than females
Washington State youth ages 10-24 (2003-2007)




         N= 440                                 N=96
Rate of suicides by race/ethnicity
Washington State youth 10-24 (2003-2007)


                                20
 Rate of suicides per 100,000

                                15


                                10


                                5


                                0
                                     White    African    Native    Asian   Hispanic
                                             American   American
             LIFE’S SLOT
              MACHINE
Biological    Sociological   Psychological   Existential
Youth Suicide: Warning Signs
• A previous suicide attempt

• Current talk of suicide or making a plan

• Strong wish to die, preoccupation with
  death, giving away prized possessions

• Signs of serious depression & anxiety, such
  as moodiness, hopelessness, withdrawal

• Increased alcohol and/or drug use
Youth Suicide: Intervention

SHOW YOU CARE

• Let the youth know that you really care.
• Talk about your feelings and ask about his or hers.
• Listen carefully.


“I’m concerned about you…about how you feel.”

“Tell me about what’s making you so sad.”

“I’m on your side…we’ll get through this.”
Youth Suicide: Intervention

ASK THE QUESTION

• Don’t hesitate to raise the subject.

• Talking with the youth about suicide won’t put the
  idea in his/her head.

• Be direct in a caring, non-confrontational way.

 “Are you thinking about suicide?”
 “How long have you been thinking about suicide?”
Youth Suicide: Intervention

GET HELP

The first steps toward instilling a sense of
hope are: showing your concern, raising the
issue, and listening to and understanding the
young person’s feelings. Keep moving
forward, together. Call for help.

“It’s difficult to know what to do, but I know
where we can get help.”
“You’re not alone. Let me help you.”
Youth Suicide: Resources

• School counselor

• Crisis telephone hotline
  (1-800-273-TALK)

• Physician/health care provider

• Mental health specialist

• Coaches & youth leaders

• Parents & clergy
Video Selection Criteria:

• Clearly advocates suicide prevention
• Information is accurate
• Information is age-appropriate
• Protective factors are promoted
• Glamorization is avoided
• Emphasizes and models help-seeking
• Intervention skills are modeled and
  discussed
• Resources are identified
Easy Traps

• “But the video holds the students’
  attention.”

• “It helps this previously suicidal student
  transform their pain into advocacy and
  hope.”

• “It is dramatic and demonstrates why
  NOT to kill yourself.”
Video Resources

• AAS website –
  www.suicidology.org/web/guest/stats-
  and-tools/videos
• YSPP website –
   www.yspp.org
Youth Suicide:
Prevention Works!

Presented by:
Sue Eastgard, MSW
Director, Youth Suicide Prevention Program
of Washington State

www.yspp.org

								
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