Every Life Matters!
Suicide is a complicated behavior. It is not caused by a single event such as a bad grade, an argument with parents, or the breakup of a relationship. In most cases, suicide is caused by an underlying struggle like depression or substance abuse, which can affect the way people feel and prevent them from thinking clearly and rationally. There is hope! Depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues can be treated and people can feel - and think - better.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide or self-harm, there is help!
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
Warning Signs for Suicide:
Call 911 or seek immediate help when you hear or see any of these behaviors:
Seek help from a trusted adult or by calling the suicide prevention lifeline
(1-800-273-8255) if you see or hear:
Myths/Facts about Suicide:
Myth: Teens are moody and don't suffer from "real depression" Fact: Depression affects people of all ages, races, ethnicity or economic groups.
Myth: If a person is going to kill themselves nothing will stop them. Fact: Even severely depressed people have mixed feelings about death. Most people don't want to die; they just want to stop the pain.
Myth: Talking about suicide may give someone the idea. Fact: You don't give someone the idea to commit suicide. Discussing it openly may be one of the most helpful things you can do. Just make sure to help them talk to a trusted adult as soon as possible if they tell you they've been considering suicide. This is one situation you don't keep secret and you don't try to fix by yourself.
Myth: Once someone is suicidal they are suicidal for life. Fact: Most people are only suicidal for a period of time and can overcome these thoughts.
How can you help someone?
>Listen to them with sincere concern for their feelings. Do not offer advice, but let them know that they are not alone.
>Share your feelings with them. If you feel that they may make a reckless decision, tell them that you are concerned. They need to know that they are important to you and that you care.
>Offer to go with them to a teacher, counselor, or trusted adult if they express suicidal thoughts. If they won't go, then you need to let a counselor or other trusted adult know that the person needs assistance. It is better to have your friend temporarily upset than to keep this secret and have your friend end up hurt or dead.
>Provide the free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline contact number: