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
  • counseling
  • counselor
  • high school
  • middle school
  • suicide prevention

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