18 Principles and Suicide Prevention

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18 Principles and Suicide Prevention2018-07-20T11:01:06+00:00

If you are in a crisis and need help right away:

Call this toll-free number, available 24 hours a day, every day: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a service available to anyone. You may call for yourself or for someone you care about. All calls are confidential.

 

For other resources related to Suicide Prevention, click here

 

Background:

As David began to teach classes on the 18 Principals, he found that every school visited had experienced a recent suicide. He also noticed that in every class there were kids in deep pain. As a result, David integrated suicide prevention into the program and it is now a part of the 18 Principles talks .

Results:

On a positive note two kids approached David one week after the first class incorporating suicide and told me of their concern about a friend in their class. We had a successful intervention with the individual getting the help and support needed, and as a result the school established a protocol to handle future situations.

 

The following was developed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and is a good guide to identify the warning signs, risk factors, and dos/don’ts of suicide

Warning Signs:
  • Signs of depression
  • Sadness
  • Loss of sleep or excessive sleep
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Sense of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Noticeable change in behavior
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Decline in performance of work, school or other activities
  • Reckless behavior
  • Giving away favorite possessions
  • Purchase of gun or pills
  • Sudden happiness after prolonged depression
  • Preoccupation with death and dying
  • Withdrawal from friends or family
  • Statements like “you won’t have to worry about me anymore,” or “I want to go to sleep and never wake up”
  • Threats of suicide

 

Risk Factors:

  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Loss of health (real or imagined)
  • Divorce, separation, or broken relationship
  • Death or terminal illness of a loved one
  • Loss of job, home, money
  • Family history of suicide
  • Depression
  • Someone close to individual has completed suicide
 

DO

 

DON’T

  • Take suicide threats seriously
  • Ask questions
  • Listen in a non-judgmental way – “I’m here for you”, “let’s talk”
  • Take action – get individual connected with professional help
  • Do not keep suicide threats a secret
  • Do not act shocked or condemn
  • Do not point out how much better off they are than others
  • Do not interject your own problems and feelings
  • Do not suggest drugs and alcohol as a solution
  • Do not minimize the person – feeling and do not offer simple solutions
  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Do not try to be a therapist, get professional help