Did you know…………

….as many as 8% of youth will attempt suicide. That’s 2 out of 25.

* People thinking about suicide are in pain. They don’t necessarily want to die; they want their pain to end. But suicide is not the answer.

* People thinking about suicide are likely to show signs such as:

  • talking about suicide or death
  • giving hints that they might not be around anymore
  • pulling away from friends or family.

* If you’re worried about someone, ask them directly about your concerns. You will not “plant the idea in their head”, it will show that you’re open and available to help

  • Be willing to listen. Talking calmly about suicide, showing acceptance, without fear or judgment, can bring relief to someone who is feeling alone. Encouraging someone to speak up about suicidal feelings can reduce the risk of an attempt.
  •  Some people think they are “just doing it for attention.” But if youth are ignored when seeking attention it may increase the chance of them harming themselves. Take all signs seriously, and you could save a life.
  •  Suicide should not be kept a secret. Promise discretion and respect, not secrecy. Offer to go with the person to get support.
  • There is always help and hope. Speak up and reach out to a trusted resource if you, or someone you love, is suffering.

Kids Help Phone is an amazing, confidential resource for those going through crisis. Give them a call at 1-800-668-6868.

Reach out to Faron, TYPS Mental Health Worker, at fgogo@typsyouthcentre.org

From your Mississippi MillsMunicipal Drug Strategy Committee, working to address alcohol and other drug problems with activities supporting the four pillars of Prevention, Enforcement, Harm reduction and Treatment.