Mental / Emotional Health
- Teens who do not have things to do, people to love, and something to hope for can be at risk for making a suicide attempt.
What to Know About Suicide and Suicide Attempts
- ____________________ is the intentional taking of one’s own life.
- ______________________ is a suicide attempt in which a person does not intend to die.
o Parasuicide is a cry for help.
o Without help, teens who have attempted suicide once might attempt suicide again.
o A suicide attempt or talk of a suicide attempt always must be taken _________________________
o Talk to a trusted adult if you have suicidal thoughts.
o If you are depressed and have thoughts about suicide, seek help by calling a _____________________ or find a mental-health professional in your area.
- _____________________________ are a series of suicides occurring within a short period of time and involving people who are connected in some way.
What to Know About Suicidal Tendencies
- Abuse of alcohol and other drugs
- Death of a parent, parental separation, or parental divorce
- Feelings of alienation and rejection
- Difficulty coping with body changes and sexuality
- Impulsive and/or aggressive behavior
- Mental disorders
How to Recognize Signs of Suicide
- making a direct statement about suicide, such as “I wish I was never born,”
- making an indirect statement about suicide, such as “I wonder where
I can get a gun,”
- having a change in personality,
- withdrawing from contact with family and friends,
- losing interest in personal appearance,
- being preoccupied with death and dying
- using alcohol and other drugs
- losing interest in schoolwork,
- giving away possessions,
- talking about getting even with others,
- failing to recover from a disappointment or a loss
- running away from home,
- Having a close friend or relative who has committed suicide.
Suicide prevention strategies
- Techniques that can be used to help prevent a person from thinking about, attempting, and completing suicide.
- Contact a _____________________________ for more information about ways to help a person who is thinking about suicide.
What to Know About Getting Help
Suicide Prevention Strategies
· look for warning signs when a teen is depressed,
· listen without giving advice,
· take a suicide threat seriously,
· ask if the teen has a specific plan and means to follow through
· do not be sworn to secrecy,
· call a parent, a guardian, or other responsible adult immediately, and
· stay with the teen until professional help arrives.
Mental / Emotional Health
- A ________________________ is an experience, such as a death in the family, a natural disaster, an accident, or a disappointment that causes a high level of stress.
How to Cope with a Life Crisis
Five Emotional Responses Used to Cope with Life Crises:
- _____________________________ or refusing to believe what is happening
- ___________________________________ about what is happening
- _______________________________, or making promises, hoping to change what is happening
- ______________________________ when recognizing the outcome is unlikely to change
- ______________________________ what is happening, adjusting, and bouncing back
What to Know About Depression
· _____________________________ is a mood disorder accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or helplessness.
· _________________________________________ is a long-lasting form of depression.
· _________________________________________ is a mood disorder accompanied by long-lasting feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or helplessness.
Symptoms Used to Diagnose Depression
- deep sadness
- ____________________ disturbances
- weight or appetite changes
- lack of concentration
- feelings of worthlessness
- morbid thoughts
What Causes Depression
- Inability to cope with a life crisis
- Changes in ____________________________
- A “_____________________” or clearing of unused brain cell connections from the gray matter (interconnected nerve cells) takes place between the ages of 14 and 17.