Your story is not over;
- 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
- The Minding Your Mind organization has presented to our High School faculty, staff and students: Check out our speaker, Ali Rothrock’s inspirational story, as well as others: http://mindingyourmind.org/who-we-are/leadership/speakers/
Know the Warning Signs
Excessive worry or anxiety; Long lasting negative moods; Increased sadness
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
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
Drop in grades; Can’t focus or sit still
Unexplained Weight Changes
Poor appetite; Increased weight gain/loss; Changes in eating habits
Headaches; Stomachaches; Complaints of physical ailments; Evidence of self-harm
Use of drugs and/or alcohol
What can I do if I know someone might be thinking about harming themself?
How to Respond
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.
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
Stay in touch; Show you are still there to support them.
- National Institute of Mental Health nimh.nih.gov
- Prevent Suicide PA preventsuicidepa.org
- Minding Your Mind mindingyourmind.org
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) samsha.org
- The Trevor Project thetrevorproject.org
- #BeThe1To Movement bethe1to.com
- Project Semicolon projectsemicolon.com