suicide prevention

Suicide: The Warning Signs

Suicide has been recently described as an “epidemic.” With tragedies associated with the current financial crisis and the increasing suicide rate of military personnel, a need clearly exists for more extensive training in the management and treatment of suicidal clients. It is the most common clinical emergency therapists face, yet many do not receive formal training…. Read more »

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Suicide on the Rise – What We Do by Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.

Can we identify people who are at high risk for ending their own lives and get them the help they need? The answer is Yes. We can. It is now possible to more accurately spot these individuals and effectively intervene than it has ever been. This hopeful answer is especially important today in the wake… Read more »

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Busting the Myths About Suicide

There are many commonly held beliefs about suicide that keep us from trying to help people at risk. Here are some of the typical misconceptions about suicide that are NOT true: Most suicides are caused by one particular trigger event. A person who attempts suicide has to feel bad about themselves for a long period… Read more »

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Teen Suicide Prevention: Concerned Friends and Family

Helping Friends Who May Be Suicidal If you have a friend who is distressed, depressed or unusually troubled by family problems, bad grades, or recent breakup of a relationship, don’t be afraid to ask if he or she would like to talk with you. Listen with empathy, ask directly about any suicidal thoughts or plans,… Read more »

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Teen Suicide Prevention: Teachers and Educators

The Role of Teachers in Preventing Suicide As a teacher you are in the position to reach out to student at risk for suicide Youth suicides, or suicide attempts, rarely take place in schools, but many young people who are at risk of suicide attend school and exhibit warning signs.  When teachers recognize theses signs… Read more »

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Teen Suicide Prevention: Parents

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth between 14 and 24 years of age and the fourth leading cause of death for those aged 10-14. However,  suicide can be prevented. It is important to know the warning signs in young people who may be contemplating taking their own lives. Be sure to… Read more »

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Coping Suggestions for the Suicidal Person

Here are some suggestions for supportive tools that you can create now to help you at those times when you are feeling down and distressed. When you start to feel bad, take them out and go through them; read them, examine them, listen to them; they are there to remind you that you want to… Read more »

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Helpful Books for Suicide Prevention:

Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook Night Falls Fast The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook Helping Your Child Cope with Depression and Suicidal Thoughts Self-Esteem Third Edition Move Your Body Tone Your Mood Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life Mind Over Mood No One Saw My Pain How I… Read more »

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Suicide Prevention

When you are assisting someone who you feel may be suicidal, there are certain things you should do and certain things you should not. Here, briefly, are some of the DOs and  DONT’S of suicide prevention: DOs Be aware. Learn the warning signs Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support. Ask if she or… Read more »

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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,… Read more »

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