Understanding Teen Suicide
Sometimes teens feel so depressed that they consider ending their lives. Each year, almost 5,000 young people, ages I 5 to 24, kill themselves. The rate of suicide for this age group has nearly tripled since 1960, making it the third leading cause of death in adolescents and the second leading cause of death among college age youth. Studies show that suicide attempts among young people may be based on long standing problems triggered by a specific event. Suicidal adolescents may view a temporary situation as a permanent condition. Feelings of anger and resentment combined with exaggerated guilt can lead to impulsive, self-destructive acts. -According to Mental Health America.
Important Facts About Suicide in Young Adults:
• Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among persons 10-24 years of age.
• Peak age for completion of suicide is around 15-16 years of age.
• For every completed suicide there are 150+ non-fatal attempts.
• 50% of those who complete suicide are never engaged in therapy.
Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs:
• Suicide threats, direct and indirect
• Obsession with death
• Poems, essays and drawings that refer to death
• Dramatic change in personality or appearance
• Irrational, bizarre behavior
• Overwhelming sense of guilt, shame or reflections
• Changed eating or sleeping patterns
• Severe drop in school performance
• Giving away belongings
Suicide Prevention Training for Educators:
In suicide prevention, the “Gatekeepers” are your teachers, nurses, school counselors and others who first com into contact with a person at risk of suicide. West Bergen is here to teach them how to help prevent suicide because suicide is preventable! At West Bergen, our trained, licensed mental health professionals can provide your school with Gatekeeper Training. Research has found that gatekeeper training results in a stable and significant increase in an educators readiness to intervene with a person at risk. Training will allow educators:
• To become familiar with basic facts about suicide and suicidal behavior
• To gain the skills and confidence to recognize and respond to at-risk students
• To learn how to locate supports for students
Our two hour training will meet the standards required for each school in suicide prevention. In addition, since West Bergen is a NJ Department of Education Professional Development Provider, your staff will receive continuing education credits (CEU’s) for their attendance.
LETS ALL JOIN TOGETHER IN THE PREVENTION OF SUICIDE