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  1. Suicide and Violence Prevention at ETSU Steve Brown Ph.D., Director Diana Kuehl M.Ed., LPC-MHSP, NCC

  2. What we DO know about suicide… • From a Public Health perspective, it is considered to be one of the most preventable of deaths …. IF • We Recognize and Lower Risk Factors • Support Protective Factors • Recognize Warning Signs and • Are Trained and Ready to: • Ask About Suicide • Seek More Information (& Keep Safe) • Know Where & How to Refer

  3. National Facts and Statistics • Around 48.5% students will become so depressed during their time in college that they will consider suicide. • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among adolescents, and the 2nd among college students. • Approximately 1100 college students die each year by suicide. • 8-10% of college students report suicidal ideation each year. • Females are 3 to 5 times more likely to attempt suicide, but males are 4 to 5 times more likely to complete suicide

  4. ETSU Facts and Statistics Results from Dr. Hirsch’s work with the SAMSHA Grant

  5. ETSU Facts and Statistics Results from Dr. Hirsch’s work with the SAMSHA Grant

  6. ACHA-NCHA Spring 2012-ETSU Seriously Considered Suicide Percent% Male Female Total No, Never 76.7 79.3 78.4 Not in last 12 mo. 12.3 15.9 14.9 Yes, in last 2 wks. 1.8 1.7 1.7 Yes, in last 30 days 1.2 0.5 0.7 Yes, in last 12 mo. 8.0 2.6 4.2 Anytime within last 12 mos. 11.0 4.8 6.6

  7. ACHA-NCHA Spring 2012-ETSU Attempted Suicide Percent% Male Female Total No,never 93.2 91.7 92.0 No, Not last 12 mo. 6.2 7.6 7.3 Yes, last 2 wks. 0.0 0.2 0.2 Yes, last 30 days 0.0 0.0 0.0 Yes, in last 12 mo. 0.6 0.5 0.5 Any time within last 12 mo. 0.6 0.7 0.7

  8. Risk Factors are stressful events, situations, or conditions in a person’s life that may increase the likelihood of attempting or dying by suicide. Risk Factors

  9. Bio-Psycho-Social-Cultural-Environmental • Loss of relationship • Mental Illness • Substance Abuse • Hopelessness • Impulsiveness or Aggressiveness • Trauma/Abuse/Bullying • Major Physical Illness • Family History of Suicide • Pre-existing Vulnerability (obese, GLBTQ, awkward, G&T …) • Previous Suicide Attempt • Loss of job • Exposure to clusters of suicide

  10. Protective Factors • Connections to family and community support • Connections to friends • Ongoing medical and mental health care relationships • Skills in problem solving, conflict resolution and nonviolent handling of disputes • Restricted access to highly lethal means • Help seeking behaviors

  11. What to do and say: I feel concerned… …when you write about hopelessness. I want you to walk with me to the Counseling Center.

  12. ASK ABOUT SUICIDE! • It is the most important step. • If you cannot do it, find someone who can! BE DIRECT! • Do you want to kill yourself? • Are you thinking about suicide?

  13. -American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “prevention may be a matter of a caring person, with the right knowledge, being available at the right time”