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How You Can Help Someone At Risk for Suicide by Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.

  One of the scariest things you can experience is the fear that someone you know may be suicidal. When a friend, family member or associate shows some of the warning signs for suicide, it is essential to intervene and take action to get that person to the help they need. When someone is suicidal, they are in a disassociated state in which they are experiencing extreme self-hatred. How can you lift a person out of this state? Below you will find…

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Preventing Teen Suicide

…information, all of us can turn our worries and concerns into action that can help stem the rising tide of suicide among our young people. Parents It’s frightening to imagine that your teenage son or daughter may be experiencing self-destructive thoughts or is at risk for suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth between 14 and 24 years of age and the fourth leading cause of death among youth between 10 and 14 years of age….

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Why We Lost a Lovable Genius: The Hidden Enemy in Suicide

…ution and does not create peace or freedom, as some would like to believe. The suicide of Robin Williams left us stunned, pained and saddened. For those closest to him, the pain is even more intense; suicide always hurts other people, particularly those closest to the person. Nor is suicide an easy way out, a sign of weakness or a cowardly path, as still others would claim. Suicide is caused by what suicidologist Edwin Shneidman called “unbearable…

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Be The One To Help Save A Life From Suicide

…s by suicide every 40 seconds. In the United States, the latest data shows the suicide rate to be at a 30-year-high, having increased by 24 percent in 15 years. In a given lifetime, all of us will encounter someone in crisis. From the person showing visible distress in a public space to, a friend who is struggling to cope with a break-up, to a close family member, they need us to be there and care. That is why it’s so important to know what we can

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Preventing Suicide: Effective Treatments

…ts for suicidality often targeted the conditions believed to be underlying the suicidality, such as depression. Yet, what researchers have recently discovered is that targeting the person’s suicidality directly is precisely what works best to save a life. With National Suicide Prevention Month this September, I will be hosting a CE Webinar for mental health professionals on Sep. 17 on “Suicide: What Every Mental Health Professional Should Know .”…

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Suicide in the Media

…nd getting people in despair to feel they can open up and reach out to get the help they need. However, the way in which we discuss, depict, and report on suicide is extremely important. When we fail to follow Reporting on Suicide’s carefully crafted and well-researched recommendations, we risk contributing to individuals’ suicide risk and even creating contagion, especially among teens. One thing that we all need to realize about suicide is that…

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Facing Into the Rough Winds of a Challenging Time

…ll and younger, more fragile ones. These taller trees protect and insulate the young tree from fierce winds and filter light that permit just enough light and keep the soil from becoming parched. This protection permits the root structure to take hold and girth to expand. In an orchard, a sapling is staked to provide support to the younger fruit trees. This support provides stability, keeping it upright and anchored until it can stand on its own w…

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Busting the Myths About Suicide

someone who is already in distress will consider such an extreme reaction. You can help this person by trying to see the current crisis through his or her eyes and getting him or her to help. Most suicides occur with little or no warning. This is not true, particularly in teenagers. Most teenagers tell someone – often their friends or siblings – but not necessarily their parents, teachers or counselors, who may be in a better position to help. Wha…

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The Inner Voice that Drives Suicide

the mind of these individuals, what is driving their suicidal behavior and how the therapist can help them comprehend and cope with their self-destructive states of mind. In the past 25 years since I completed my dissertation on suicide, I have learned a great deal about the critical inner voices that drive a person toward suicide. In my years of experience publishing books and articles, producing films and creating assessment scales on suicide, w…

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Suicide Prevention Advice

…have been directly touched by suicide. Suicide is upsetting and confusing. How can someone be so turned against themselves that they would actually consider taking their life? How can a person in a suicidal state help themselves when they feel hopeless and like there is nothing that can lift them up out of their despair? What can the person who loves them do when they feel powerless and confused about how to help? If they reach out, will it push t…

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