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SUICIDE. Emily Weihs. STATISTICS. Nearly 1,000,000 million people each year commit suicide, 30,000 of which are in the U.S. Firearms are the most commonly used in suicides, others are overdoses of medication and hanging. Bullying and being bullied are most associated with teen suicides.

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SUICIDE

Emily Weihs


STATISTICS

  • Nearly 1,000,000 million people each year commit suicide, 30,000 of which are in the U.S.

  • Firearms are the most commonly used in suicides, others are overdoses of medication and hanging.

  • Bullying and being bullied are most associated with teen suicides.

  • Third leading cause in youths.

  • Suicide rates for 15-24 year olds have doubled since the year 1950.

  • September 10th is World Suicide Day


CAUSES

  • Breakup of a romantic relationship

  • Moving

  • Loss of a friend (esp. by suicide)

  • Loss of freedom

  • Loss of other privileges

  • Aging

  • Dependence on drugs or alcohol

  • Emotional trauma


SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Making a will

  • Suddenly visiting friends or family members (one last time)

  • Buying instruments of suicide like a gun, rope, or medication.

  • A sudden significant decline in their mood.

  • Writing a suicide note.


HOW

  • Depends upon what is available and their gender.

  • Firearms

  • Suffocation, hanging, strangling.

  • Overdosing on medications or ingesting poison.

  • Leaping from great heights

  • Slashing wrists

  • Driving into a river and drowning or crashing an automobile.


TREATMENT

  • Short interventions are only sometimes needed.

  • Physchriatichospitilization and long term medication are sometimes needed.

  • Talk therapy

  • Anti-depressants and mood stabilizing medications.

  • School intervention programs.


Prevention

  • Clearly define a problem.

  • Identify risk factors.

  • Develop and test interventions. Make sure they work.

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions.


SUICIDES/ATTEMPTED AMONGST CLEBRITIES

  • Kurt Cobain

  • Owen Wilson

  • Britney Spears

  • Halle Berry

  • Drew Carey

  • Drew Barrymore

  • Johnny Cash

  • Eminem

  • Billy Joel

  • Elton John

  • OzzyOsbourne

  • Vanilla Ice


WHERE CAN YOU GET HELP?

  • http://www.suicidology.org

  • http://www.afsp.org

  • http://www.caascenter.org

  • NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE:

    • 1-800-SUICIDE

  • NATIONAL YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION RESOURCE CENTER

    • 1-866-SAFEYOUTH


RESOURCES

  • Suicide: Tragic Choice by Karen Zeinert, pages 54-60

  • www.medecinenet.com

  • www.sprc.org


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