This week we highlight the prevention of suicide. Completed suicides account for one of the leading causes of death for youth. There are many reasons…

This week we highlight the prevention of suicide. Completed suicides account for one of the leading causes of death for youth. There are many reasons why some youth seem fine and well one day and then commit or attempt suicide later. They could be in deep emotional pain but find that those around them aren’t really paying attention to the warning signs they give intentionally or otherwise or they might be feeling alone in their pain if no one seems to understand how they’re feeling. If you know someone who is shows the risk factors for suicide, the Youth Suicide Prevention Program recommends that you do the following: “The first thing is to always show the person that you are concerned about them – listen without judgment, ask about their feelings and avoid trying to come up with a solution to their problem. Next ask directly about suicide – be direct without being confrontational; say ‘are you feeling so bad that you are thinking about suicide?’ Finally, if the answer to your question is ‘yes’ or you think it is yes, go get help – call a crisis line, visit the school counselor, tell a parent or refer the teen to someone with professional skills to provide help.” If you are considering suicide, please call 1-800-273-TALK or 1-866-4-U-Trevor (for GLBTQ). The National Runaway Switchboard is also a great resource if you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, and want someone to talk to without judgment. – Allyson

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  • cubrikaska

    Es la idea buena. Es listo a apoyarle.