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Suicide Prevention Brochure

 Suicide Prevention Information
Laurel County Schools
Why Discuss Suicide Prevention?
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-19 year olds in Kentucky. The KY state legislature wants to make sure that suicide rates decrease, so in April 2010 a law was passed requiring all middle schools and high schools to provide suicide prevention information to all students. The Laurel County School District is providing this brochure to you in an effort to give you information, but more importantly, to let you know that the health and safety of every student is valued and a priority.
Why do teenagers consider suicide?
Most people who consider suicide are depressed. What is depression? It is normal for everyone to have a bad day from time to time and feel sad or lonely. Sometimes we may even feel sad or lonely for several days. But … when a person is depressed, these types of feelings don’t happen just once in a while, they happen almost daily for weeks. Being depressed can cause a person to focus on their failures and disappointments. They may emphasize the negative sides of situations, not feel like they are capable of being successful, or feel as if they are trapped and will never be happy. If you have a friend that seems to feel this way on a regular basis please tell a trusted adult. 
Coping with Problems:
Teenagers have many new social, academic and personal pressures. Most people can cope better if they keep in mind that many problems are temporary and can be overcome. However, if you are struggling with problems,  it helps to:
·         Tell someone you trust what’s going on with you
·         Be around people who are caring and positive
·         Ask someone to help you figure out what to do about a problem you’re facing
·         Work with a counselor if problems are getting you down and depressed—or if you don’t have a strong support network or feel you can’t cope.
Remember …
The staff of the Laurel County School District is committed to helping you and your friends find safe and healthy solutions to your problems. We want you to know that each and every student is important to us. You are the future of our community and we are here to prepare you for success.
 Suicide Warning Signs
If you or someone you know are exhibiting any of the following suicide warning signs, please seek help as soon as possible by contacting a parent, teacher, counselor, or other trusted adult.  
  • Talking, reading or writing about suicide or death
  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life
  • Talking about “going away” or telling people goodbye
  • Giving away valued possessions
  • Feeling hopeless or trapped --- like there’s no way out
  • Pulling away from friends or family and losing the desire to socialize
  • Losing interest in daily activities
  • Having trouble concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Obsessed with death, violence, guns or knives
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
  • Feeling anxious or agitated, being unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities
Myth: Teens are moody and don’t suffer from “real depression”.
Fact:  Depression affects people of all ages, races, ethnicity or economic group.
Myth: People who talk about suicide won’t really do it.
Fact:  Almost everyone who dies by suicide has given some clue or warning. LISTEN!
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?
If you know someone whom you think may be depressed or suicidal, show that you care by:
  •  Listening to them with sincere concern for their feelings. Do not offer advice, but let them know that they are not alone.
  • Sharing 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.
  • Offering 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.
  • Providing the free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline contact number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or website: