Related topics: depression, self-harming, drugs & alcohol
DID YOU KNOW
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for those aged 15 - 24.
MANY PEOPLE BECOME SUICIDAL DUE TO:
- a psychological disorder, including depression, bipolar disorder, and alcohol or drug use
- feelings of distress, irritability, or agitation
- feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness
- a family history of depression or suicide
- emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
- lack of a support network, poor relationships with parents or peers, and feelings of social isolation
- dealing with bisexuality or homosexuality in an supportive family or community or other hostile environment
ARE YOU OR A FRIEND CONSIDERING SUICIDE?
Many people give off signs before they act upon their thoughts. It is important not to label anyone as "doing it for attention"; any mention of suicide or self harming is always to be taken seriously.
These signs can include:
- talk about suicide or death in general
- give hints that they might not be around anymore
- talk about feeling hopeless or feeling guilty
- pull away from friends or family
- write poems, or letters about death, pain, and loss
- lose the desire to take part in favorite things or activities
- have trouble concentrating or thinking clearly
- experience changes in eating or sleeping habits
- engage in risk-taking behaviors
- lose interest in school or sports
WHERE CAN I GO?
C.O.A.S.T. Crisis Intervention - 905 972 8338
Suicide Emergency Hotline - 1 800 273 8255
Kids Help Phone - 800 668 6868
Drug and Alcohol Helpline - 1 800 565 8603
Al Anon-Teen Alcohol Support - (757) 563-1600
NOTE: In case of an urgent emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number
HOW CAN WE HELP OURSELVES?
Taking the first step to get help is hard. It is best to confide in a close friend and family member; they may even go with you to get help from a doctor, counselor, psychiatrist, etc.
HOW CAN WE HELP OTHERS?
Make your friend aware that they can trust you, and that you will not judge them.
Keep the line of communication open by being a person providing love and support for them through this hard time.
Always keep this persons safety and best interest in mind.
Sometimes it is hard, but we must ask questions to know what they are feeling.
It is vital to ask if they are considering suicide, or have had suicidal thoughts.
* If required, call 911.
It's hard to know what to say to a friend struggling, but it's even harder to be without that friend.
INFO FROM KIDSHEALTH.ORG