We have to recognize it before we do anything about it. Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death in our West Virginian youth. Despite opinions and perspectives, no one knows all the answers; we know it is a problem warranting public health concern. We need to recognize and respond, so no one goes unnoticed. We have to be active in ensuring we don’t continue to lose young individuals to the most preventable death. We don’t know why, we don’t have all of the answers, we just know we have to do something. Get help from our professional trainers.
WHETHER WE SAY IT OUT LOUD OR NOT, SUICIDE EXISTS.
We Can Recognize.
What do I need to know? Learning about the risks of suicide and taking preventive measures against such factors incorporates important components of suicide prevention. There are signs and warnings for suicidal intent and completion. They are both recognizable and referable.
- Substance Abuse
- Mood Changes
We Can Respond.
All signs are worth recognizing. Every statement warrants a response. Dismissing doesn’t make it go away. You don’t always get a chance for hindsight, you have to act. As an individual interacting with youth, we know you tend to identify adolescents who seem vulnerable or at risk. Is there something setting off alarms and raising red flags? How do you know if what you’re seeing is part of the normal ups and downs of adolescence or something more severe? There is no fool-proof way to automatically know the intention of the individual you are concerned about. The only thing to do is ASK, QUESTION and TALK to the person. Saying the word doesn’t make someone more apt to do it. If the word suicide has crossed your mind about someone who seems to be depressed or in psychological pain, then it has probably crossed their mind as well.
We Can Remain.
- Stay there
- Let them know you can help
- NEVER LEAVE A SUICIDAL PERSON ALONE
We Can Refer.
Direct the person towards help. Direct directly; don’t count on them to seek help themselves, as they have sought you as a source of help and a person to trust. Lead them to the most appropriate intervention. Know your resources and referral process. If you don’t know where to go, call the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 9-8-8 for help. Sometimes intervention is being in the right place at the right time. Your role in youth suicide prevention is critical. You may be the one to save a life. We have interventions that might work. Even if you only save one life, it would be somebody’s someone.
BE THE ONE! SUICIDE IS A PREVENTABLE DEATH IN OUR COMMUNITIES, SCHOOLS AND STATE.