• Your story is not over;

    Statistics

    • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15-19 year olds, and the 4th leading cause of death among children aged 10-14 years.
    • 4 out of 5 adolescents that contemplate or attempt suicide exhibit clear warning signs.
    • Approximately 90% of people who die by suicide struggle with substance abuse and/or have a diagnosable and treatable mental illness at the time of death.
    • Approximately 90% of people who seek help for their depression improve with treatment!

     

    Inspirational Stories from Minding your Mind Speakers

     

    Know the Warning Signs

     

    Warning Signs

    Observable Behaviors

    Mood Changes

    Excessive worry or anxiety; Long lasting negative moods; Increased sadness

    Intense Feelings

    Frequent outbursts of anger and rage; Seeking revenge; Inability to cope with daily problems; Talking about being a burden to others; Feelings of hopelessness/helplessness; Feelings of guilt or shame; Talking about thoughts of self-harm

    Behavior Changes

    Significant increase in time spent alone; Loss of  interest in friends or activities they usually enjoy; Hyperactivity; Defying authority; Skipping school; Damaging property; Disobedience; Sleeping too little or too much; Self-harm; Giving away important possessions

    Difficulty Concentrating

    Drop in grades; Can’t focus or sit still

     

    Unexplained Weight Changes

    Poor appetite; Increased weight gain/loss; Changes in eating habits

    Physical Symptoms

    Headaches; Stomachaches; Complaints of physical ailments; Evidence of self-harm

    Substance Abuse

    Use of drugs and/or alcohol

     

    What can I do if I know someone might be thinking about harming themself?

     

    How to Respond

    Helpful Hints

    Ask

    Don’t be afraid to ask; Do they have thoughts? Feelings? Plans? Don’t promise confidentiality.

     

    Keep Them Safe

    Encourage an adult to remove objects from the area that could be used to harm self. Don’t leave them alone.

     

    Be There

    Listen to their reasons for feeling hopeless and in pain; Listen with compassion and empathy, but without judgment. 

    Help Them Connect

    Help them build a support system and connect them with resources:

    ·       National Suicide Prevention Hotline: Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Text 741-741

    ·       Columbia County Crisis (CMSU): 1-800-222-9016

    ·       Luzerne County Crisis (Northeast Counseling) Hazleton: 570-735-7590, Nanticoke: 570-455-6385

    ·       LGBTQ TrevorLifeline: 1-866-488-7386

    ·       Local Help Line: 211 or 570-829-1341

    ·       Student Assistant Program https://www.berwicksd.org/Page/2292

     

    Follow Up

    Stay in touch; Show you are still there to support them.

     

    Resources