Suicide. A permanent solution to a temporary problem. Suicide facts. Every four hours in America a child commits suicide (Children’s Defense Fund, 1999)
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A permanent solution to a temporary problem.
Sinking into my bed
Homicidal thoughts filling my head
Suicidal thoughts not gone, but fleeting
Because it is other people’s death I am seeing
Suicide or homicide
Into sleep I am sinking
Why me I am thinking
Homicidal and suicidal thoughts intermixing
My life’s not worth fixing
Prior to school shootings ¾ of all attackers threatened to kill themselves, tried to kill themselves, or made suicidal gestures.
Breakup from boy/girl friend
Death of a loved one
Disappointment and rejection such as a dispute with boy/girl friend, failure to get a job, or rejection from college
Bullying or victimization
Conflict with family or family dysfunction
Disappointment with school results or school failure
High demands at school during examination periods
Unwanted pregnancy, abortion
Infection with HIV or other sexually transmitted diseasesSuicide Precipitants?
Knowing someone who committed suicide
Separation from friends, girl friends/boy friends
Real or perceived loss
Serious physical illness
Serious injury that may change the individual’s life course.Suicide precipitants?
You should not discuss suicide with youth because it gives them the idea to commit the act
Children are not capable of implementing a suicide plan successfully.
Suicidal youth really want to die.
When the depressive mood of a child improves, the threat of a suicide crisis is over
Children under the age of six do not commit suicide
Only white males attempt suicideCommon Suicide Myths
Suicide is inherited or destined through genetics
There is nothing anyone can do to prevent a suicide
There are usually no warning signs of a suicideCommon Suicide Myths