November 21st marks National Survivor Suicide Prevention Blog Infoof Suicide Day during which the Central Nebraska LOSS group is sponsoring the movie, “Dead Poets Society” in honor of those who have lost loved ones to suicide.  With that thought in mind, it is important to note that suicide is the second leading cause of death in the United States among individuals between 15-34 years old.

This is even more astounding because suicide is preventable.  The rank among causes of death for young people relate directly to the immediacy that is needed for addressing this issue.  What’s more, studies have shown that 4 out of 5 teen’s suicide attempts have been preceded by clear warning signs.  That is why it is crucial that you are aware of these risk factors, warning signs, and ways to get help.

Risk Factors

  • Family history of suicide
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Loss (relational, social, work, or financial)
  • Impulsive or aggressive tendencies
  • Isolation, a feeling of being cut off from other people

Warning Signs

  • Disinterest in extracurricular activities.
  • Substance abuse, including drug and alcohol use.
  • Withdrawing from family and friends.
  • Declining grades in school.
  • Does not respond as before to praise

If you have concern with a child or someone you know.  The important thing is to speak up about it.  Let them know that you are concerned and don’t be afraid to ask directly “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” For more information on what you can do, visit: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/suicide-prevention/suicide-prevention-helping-someone-who-is-suicidal.htm

Resources:

http://www.teensuicide.us/articles2.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

**If you are in crisis and need help: call this toll-free number, available 24 hours a day, every day suicide-prevention-lifeline-logo1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline , a service available to anyone. You may call for yourself or for someone you care about and all calls are confidential. You can also visit the Lifeline’s website at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org .