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Teen Suicide is an epidemic today. Teens are not reaching out to trusted adults for help and are afraid they’re going against their friends if they say something. Jeff helps you communicate to your teens.
Teen Suicide & Mental Health – Taboo . . . Let’s not talk about it!
Not talking about it is safe and easy. Jeff enjoys talking about it because he knows we need to and it saves lives. Let Jeff make it interesting and eye-opening in a way where your audience will feel empowered to make a difference. We need your staff and community members to be able to intervene before a crisis will occur. Let’s talk about it!
Suicide is a serious public health problem that can destroy family, friends, classmates, co-workers, communities, and teacher personnel. Suicide is a major problem for teens and our military personnel and veterans and Jeff Yalden is the expert teaching others how they can help to prevent suicide from happening. 90% of the time there are clues before a suicide is completed or attempted.
2011 is the most recent year in which full data is available. Suicide then accounted for 12 deaths for every 100,000 people nationwide, making it the country’s 10th leading cause of death. Unlike many other leading causes of death, suicide continues to claim more lives every year. Today, over 1 Million people die to suicide. Imagine 100 people per day or 1 person every 15 minutes. Staggering! These numbers are only climbing and we can make a difference when we know how to intervene and act accordingly. We can prevent suicides from happening within our communities.
Trying to uncover the reason for an individual suicide death is complex and challenging. What we do know from research is that 90% of people who die by suicide have a potentially treatable mental disorder at the time of their death – a disorder that often has gone unrecognized and untreated.
Jeff Yalden will help you understand the symptoms and the signs to look for. With a little bit of information we can easily reach those of our students or young people whom don’t know where to turn and we can be the ones that save their lives.
“I wanted to come and listen to your presentation with the 10th grade class (Hunter’s class) in the morning before we had to leave, but was not able to do that because I started crying the moment I woke up that day and I knew it would not stop as soon as I stepped foot into that school. I thought you should know that you are the speaker people and students are talking about so I am sincerely grateful and thankful that there are people like you doing what you do….making an impact and changing lives. I only wish is that we would have found you last year to come and speak at our school. Unfortunately it is my horrific tragedy that has sparked action by some community members (The Ripple Effect Group). Thank you for being an amazing human being and I hope that my Hunter was listening to you that day and smiling from heaven.” – Jennifer Wilder-Nordlof, Lost her son to Suicide – February 2017
Your Role in the Prevention of Teen Suicides
By Jeff Yalden, CSP, Suicide Prevention Expert
Suicide is a a major concern that is invading schools and communities at an ever increasing rate and your school is not immune. Every day it is estimated that 85 individuals commit suicide in the United States alone and for every death by suicide there are 25 suicide attempts. Suicide has climbed to the third leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24 with ‘accidental deaths’ ranking second.
I deal with suicide and mental health weekly. It’s surprising when I talk to students, parents, faculty, staff members, and administrators, to hear they are often surprised when they hear how vulnerable their community is to depression and other mental heath concerns. Suicide is taboo. Let’s not talk about it. 90% of suicides are a result of depression, a form of mental health. Suicide is preventable and there is HOPE.
The truth is that we are in a national, regional and personal war against suicide with our focus on not only saving lives but on ending stigma toward suicide and other mental health concerns. How are we supposed to prevent suicides when a majority of well educated professionals in leadership roles do not recognize that this problem exists right under their leadership, in their communities, in their schools?
Interpersonal research on suicidal communications among significant others has shown that one of the most common responses of friends and family members to a threat of suicide is no response even though, 90 percent of people thinking about taking their lives have communicated their intentions to others. If you suspected that a friend was suffering from pneumonia or a broken leg, you would most likely do something to intervene. Peoples’ response to a possible suicide crisis tends to be much more complicated, though it does not have to be. We have to stop being afraid to talk about the “S” word.
Most people have not been educated on the warning signs and symptoms of suicide and there fore do not know what to look for when anticipating whether someone they know is at risk for suicide. Most people do not know how to talk to someone about suicide and most people struggle with how to get help for someone that they feel could be at risk. One common myth about suicide is the thinking that if I talk to the person about suicide, I might make him or her feel worse, or worse yet, I might put the idea in his or her head. This myth is simply not true. In fact, most individuals who attempt or complete suicide are ambivalent about the act of taking their own life up until the point that they attempt or complete suicide. Most individuals want desperately to be helped and saved from the pain, but in feeling trapped or stuck begin to think that suicide may be the only option. Most suicidal individuals enter that point in which they actually intend to take their own lives only briefly until the state of crisis is over.
Suicide can be stopped with basic training in the a) warning signs, b) ways to talk to a suicidal individual, and c) places to refer him or her for immediate help. This is the training that I do in schools and communities. I am on the front lines of suicide prevention, but it is essential that you educate yourself about the ways that you can help. I am offering a certified suicide prevention training (Question, Persuade, Refer [QPR]), to all students, faculty, and staff members. This 90-minute to w hour training is designed to help provide the critical skills necessary for non-mental health professionals when faced with a possible person/student of concern. QPR training is engaging and informative to all faculty, staff, and students and includes information on:
• The problem of suicide nationally, and locally
• Common myths and facts associated with suicide
• Warning signs of suicide
• Tips for asking the suicide question
• Methods for persuading suicidal individuals to get help
• Ways of referring at risk people to local resources
• AND time for Questions and Answers
With medical costs costing an attempted suicide between $5,000 and $30,000 dollars, you have to address this issue now and take advantage of this important and very crucial training. Another reason why you need to address teen suicide is because each week I hear from educators, teachers, and communities about their schools having suffered through not just one suicide, but multiple suicides within days, weeks, months. How about six suicides in four weeks? How about nine teen suicides in one year? What are you doing?
In doing so you will learn that individuals who are at risk for suicide are not that different from someone in physical pain; emotional pain can be harder to see if you’re not looking.
For more information about QPR Training with Jeff Yalden, contact 800-948-9289 or email my office today!
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