What are the risk factors for youth suicide?
- Behavioral health issues disorder
- Personal characteristics
- Adverse stressful life circumstances
- Family characteristics
- Environmental factors
- Risky behaviors
What are the suicide warning signs you need to look out for?
- Negative view of self
- A sense of hopelessness or no hope for the future
- Isolation or feeling alone
- Aggressiveness and irritability
- Possessing lethal means
- Feeling like a burden to others
- Drastic changes in mood and behavior
- Frequently talking about death
- Self-harm (ie: cutting behaviors)
- Engaging in risky behaviors
- Making funeral arrangements
- Substance abuse
- Making suicide threats
What are some important risk factors for suicide?
- History of substance abuse
- Physical disability or illness
- Losing a friend or family member to suicide
- Ongoing exposure to bullying behavior
- Mental health condisitons
- The recent death of a family member or close friend
- Access to harmful means
- Relationship problems
- Previous suicide attempts
What can parents do to foster protective factors?
- Teach your kids it is okay to ask for help
- Give them permission to talk about *traumatic* events in their lives
- Help them identify trusted adults
- Encourage participation in school and community activities
- Acknowledge their efforts
- Be a good listener and validate their feelings
- Model healthy adjustment to adversity
What to do when your child is experiencing a crisis?
- Don’t leave them alone
- Don’t panic
- Don’t be judgmental
- Don’t under-react or minimize
- Do validate their feelings
- Do ensure they are physically safe
- Do reach out to others who can assist
- Do be present
What does SAS do when a child is experiencing a suicide ideation?
- Assess magnitude
- Focus on safety and security
- Allow for venting and validating
- Plan and prepare
- Contact parents
- Refer to mental health providers
- Consult with administration/school psychologists
- Work with teachers/advisor
- Work plans of supports
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