Tuesday, 13 November 2012 15:29

Suicide Prevention at your school

Starting a School Program

With the help of a teacher or school staff, you can organise a prevention education campaign that designates a week or a month to raising awareness about youth suicide. We don't recommend assemblies as a way of talking about this serious subject. It is better to host informational tables at lunchtime or conduct classroom presentations.

There are many creative, fun ways to spread the word – you can choose a campaign slogan (i.e., "Be a Lifesaver"), the campaign elements (i.e., key chains, pencils, t-shirts) you want to use to promote awareness, and how you want to distribute them.

For example, a student group may design and wear t-shirts for prevention week. Another group may hang posters in every classroom; another may set up an information booth at every lunch hour. It's up to you!

Don't forget to use social media to get your suicide prevention message to a wider audience.  You could upload awareness information to a Facebook page or tweet your latest awareness event, you might even consider making a suicide prevention video and putting it on YouTube.

Making a Suicide Prevention Video

If you decide to make a video as a way of educating your peers, emphasise the warning signs and intervention steps for recognising and helping a friend who might be a risk of suicide. Do not glamorize or glorify suicidal behaviours. Studies show that doing so can increase the risk that a vulnerable individual will take their own life.

Doing a project on Suicide Prevention

If you want to write a project on youth suicide you can find lots of information under FAQs or you can visit our other websites for more information particularly www.youthsuicideprevention.ie or www.200kcamapign.ie where you can download free copies of Dr Keith Holmes' book, "Youth Self-Harm and Suicide", a superb prevention handbook.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 12:48

How to detect Suicidal behaviour

Most suicidal young people don't really want to die but they do want their pain to end. In around 80% of cases people who kill themselves have given definite signals or talked about suicide. The key to prevention is to know these signs and what to do to help.

Watch for these signs. They may indicate someone is thinking about suicide. The more signs you see, the greater the risk.

  • A previous suicide attempt
  • Current talk of suicide or making a plan
  • Strong wish to die or a preoccupation with death
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Signs of depression, such as moodiness, hopelessness, withdrawal
  • Increased alcohol and/or other drug use
  • Hinting at not being around in the future or saying good-bye

These warning signs become more notable if there has been:

  • a recent death or suicide of a friend or family member
  • a recent break-up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, or conflict with parents
  • news reports of other suicides by young people in the same school or local area

Other key risk factors include: 

  •  Readily accessible means such as prescription medication, alcohol or street drugs
  • Impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks
  • Lack of connection to family and friends (no one to talk to)

What to do if you see the warning signs?
If a friend mentions suicide, take it seriously. If he or she has expressed an immediate plan, or has access to medication or other potentially deadly means, do not leave him or her alone. Get help immediately.

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012 00:33

Suicide Warning Signs

If someone is seriously depressed and thinking of attempting suicide there are often warning signs that family and friends can pick up on. Noticing and acting upon these warning signs could save a life.

Most people who are considering suicide are willing to talk about their problems if someone shows they care. Don't be afraid of discussing the subject with someone you think may be suicidal. Talking about suicide won't 'plant the idea' in someone's head. This is a myth. If you are wrong, you're at least showing a friend you care. If you are right, you could save their life.

Sometimes stress or a traumatic event like bereavement can trigger suicidal thoughts in a vulnerable person. For this reason it's important to ask a friend who is going through a tough time how they are coping and if they need some support. Having someone to talk with can make all the difference.

Warnings signs may include but are not limited to:

  • Withdrawing from family and friends.
  • Having difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly.
  • Sleeping too much or too little.
  • Feeling tired most of the time.
  • Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or guilty.
  • Talking about suicide or death.
  • Self-destructive behaviour like drinking too much or abusing drugs.
  • Losing interest in favourite things or activities.
  • Giving away prized possessions.
  • Mood swings.

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012 18:08

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Saturday, 24 November 2012 17:16

Say the 'S' Word Comic Strip

The Say the 'S' Word comic strip was commissioned from Greg Fox, an american cartoonist and illustrator.

The comic strip features the Carter Family, Mary and John and their two children, Declan and Jane.

Mary

Wife to John

Mother of Declan and Jane

mammy

John

Husband to Mary

Father of Declan and Jane

father

Declan

Son of John and Mary

Older brother to jane

son

Jane

Daughter of John and Mary

Younger sister to Declan

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Friday, 23 November 2012 12:50

Welcome to the Four Steps to Help Programme

The Four Steps to Help Programme focuses on providing a mantra for youth suicide pevention, four simple steps that will allow any of us to:

  • become more aware of our friends, peers and those around us everyday
  • recognise the warning signs of suicidal and pre-suicidal behaviours
  • ask the right questions at the right time
  • know when to seek help for ourself or others  

We all need to know and understand that there is always someone that we can turn to in our life and talk about the issues facing us without fear of rejection if we are prepared to take the first step. 

What is much more challenging is being prepared to take that first step for someone else; to face possible rejection or ridicule by being prepared to use the Four Step Programme to potentially save a life.

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Warning Signs

Warning signs may include but are not limited to:
Withdrawing from family and friends
Having difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly
Sleeping too much or too little
Feeling tired most of the time
Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight
Talking about feeling hopeless or guilty
Talking about suicide or death
Self-destructive behaviour like drinking too much or abusing drugs
Losing interest in favourite things or activities
Giving away prized possessions
Mood swings
IMPORTANT
If a friend mentions suicide, take it seriously. If they have expressed an immediate plan, or have access to prescription medication or other potentially deadly means, do not leave them alone. Get help immediately.

Helplines

The Samaritans116 123
Pieta House1800 247 247
Aware1890 30 33 02
ISPCC Childline1800 66 66 66
Teen-Line Ireland1800 83 36 34

Contact Us

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland (RCN20070670)
Atrium Business Centre
Blackpool Retail Park, Blackpool
Cork City, Ireland
Tel 021 - 242 7173
Email admin@yspi.eu