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Reminding Loved Ones That Life is Precious: Suicide Prevention Resources
Reminding Loved Ones That Life is Precious: Suicide Prevention ResourcesSuicide is a very serious issue that can also have serious effects on individuals, their families, and the community. While the causes of suicide are complex and multiple factors may be in play, prevention is the final goal. Simply reducing the factors that increase risk and realizing that the issue can encompass all aspects of a person’s life is a start. Prevention should ideally address all areas of influence. To be effective, prevention should promote awareness and encourage social change.
There are approximately one million people that die from suicide each year globally. That’s one death almost every forty seconds. These figures do not include attempted suicide, which is twenty times more frequent. As times get more difficult in the world, there is concern these numbers could rise. One of the top leading causes of death is suicide. While figures vary for different areas of the world, the overall age groups most at risk are those aged 10 to 44.
Male suicide rates have traditionally been highest, but recently the rate among youths has increased exponentially. This increase now puts this group at the highest rate in one third of developed and developing countries. Europeans and those living in North America are at major risk due to mental disorders, while impulsiveness is the risk factor in Asian countries. There are social, psychological, cultural, biological and even environmental factors at play; it is a complex issue.
There are signs to look for that could reveal someone at risk. Pay extra attention if someone’s behavior is new, if the behavior has increased, or if it appears to be related to loss, change or after a painful event. It may be prudent to seek the help of a mental health professional. For immediate care, there are local and international crisis contacts available in almost all countries and states. If you know someone exhibiting any of the following signs it may be time to intervene.
- Talking about death, wanting to die or kill themselves.
- Talking about not having a reason to be alive or an overall feeling of hopelessness.
- Doing research or Internet searches of weapons, especially guns.
- Talking about how he or she is a burden to those around them.
- Talking about having a feeling of being trapped or in pain.
- More frequent use of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Spending a lot of time sleeping or not sleeping enough.
- Feeling isolated or withdrawing from others.
- Acting recklessly; agitated or anxious.
- Talking about taking revenge or displaying rage.
- Uncharacteristic extreme mood swings.
- A sudden change or disregard for personal hygiene.
Pay even closer attention to these warning signs if the person is bipolar, an alcoholic, or has depression and a past history with attempted suicide. Sometimes one of the most dangerous signs is that of feeling hopeless. Hopelessness can strongly predict suicide. When a person feels there is no future and foresees nothing positive they may feel day-to-day life is unbearable. This feeling can be intensified if there is a family history of suicide, as it may seem that their loved ones also saw no reason to go on.
Someone feeling suicidal might not seek help, but it doesn’t mean help isn’t wanted. Most people in this situation don’t really want to die; they just want the hurt to stop. Prevention begins by recognizing the signs and not ignoring them. If you believe someone in your life is considering suicide, don’t be afraid to talk about it. Simply bringing up the subject could save the person’s life and often prevention begins with the sensitive responses of a loved one. Give your family member or friend alternatives, show them you care, and get a medical professional involved. Your reassurance, understanding and support may help the person conquer their ideas of suicide. If he or she opens up to you with feelings of despair or suicidal thoughts, seek the help of a health professional immediately!
If you find yourself in such a situation, remain calm and be prepared to really listen if the person wants to talk. Be understanding and offer emotional support. This is not a time to be angry with the person or disregard what they are feeling. Talk directly about suicide, most people aren’t sure about their feelings about dying or death and want help. Discuss alternatives and problem-solving ideas. Remember the person is not emotionally in a right place and their thinking may be clouded. Be encouraging, hopeful and confident that you can help to arrange whatever is needed to help.
If you have already lost a young person to suicide, memorials are not recommended. While it seems like the right thing to do, unlike an accidental death, a suicide can create issues for other youth in crisis. The problem is that an accident does not attract the attention or likelihood of another youth dying in the same way. A young person, who is struggling with thoughts of suicide, may see the death of another as a viable option. Research has shown that memorials can create this kind of thinking, especially if it seems that instead of being mourned, the person has been honored for what they have done. The following resources can help provide more information and assistance:
- Suicide Prevention Action Network
A page full of national suicide prevention organizations links as well as initiatives and resources.
- Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
Helpful links available for those in crisis now that need immediate help. Information for survivors of suicide who need emotional support services. There are also links for upcoming events and general information.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Includes a crisis hot-line phone number, resource pages on how to get help, and signs of a potential suicide attempt.
- Suicide Prevention Spotting the Signs and Helping a Suicidal Person
Find helpful articles for teens and adults on prevention. Also, includes common misconceptions about suicide and a related links section.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Suicide prevention resources: substance abuse and suicide, prevention lifeline, and suicide prevention resource center.
- What is Suicide & How to Intervene
Website includes information on why college students kill themselves, myths and facts, warning signs, and ways to help.
- Counseling Center at University of Illinois
Offers basic information on why people kill themselves, myths about suicide, how to help and where to find additional help.
- Youth Suicide Prevention Curriculum
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction offers information on how to educate youth about suicide prevention.
- U.S. Air Force Suicide Prevention Program
This site is designed to provide information and tools to members of the Air Force community. Includes: suicide prevention training, videos and more.
- Preventing Suicide
The CDC offers helpful information to guide people through the signs and symptoms of suicide.
- Why do people take their own lives?
University of New Hampshire counseling offers helpful information on the danger signs of suicide, plus other helpful information.
- Suicide Prevention Basics
An introduction to suicide and suicide prevention with an article entitled “The Public Health Approach to Preventing Suicide.”
- Virginia Department of Health
Suicide Prevention Program includes contact information and key national resources.
- Language Describing Suicidal Behavior
Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program’s list of behaviors that may lead to suicide attempt or death.
- Stop a Suicide Today!
This site offers information on the signs of suicide, how to help a friend, facts on suicide, and suicide and mental illness. Also includes pages for professionals, survivors, and help on how to stop suicide.
- U.S. Army Medical Department
This site offers many resources including videos, articles, training, informative tools and much more.
- General Information About Suicide
List of risk and protective factors, warning signs, how to help those thinking about suicide, and national statistics on suicide.
- How to Answer Questions Teens Ask About Suicide
A Q&A on how to answer specific questions that a youth may have about different topics relating to suicide.
Great Life Lessons for Kids
Great Life Lessons for Kids
Growing up can be really tough. As a child, we are still learning how to socialize, deal with others, and believe in ourselves. Understanding some basic life lessons can mean the difference between a fulfilling, happy life and a life that may not be all we want it to be. There are many different life lessons we all can learn, and by understanding some simple truths, kids of all ages can learn valuable lessons that they can carry with them throughout their entire lives. These lessons not only help us to be better people, but they also help us to make friends, have long lasting relationships, and be kind to others.
Never give up
Sometimes, things like sports or math class can seem almost impossible. No matter how hard things get, it is important to remember to never give up. If at first you do not succeed, you should always keep trying. If you work really hard at something, you can achieve your goals. Remember that no one ever accomplished their dreams by giving up! If you feel like you need support, turn to a friend or parent for help and advice, but hang in there and you will see the benefits of sticking to your goals!
- Don’t Give up Your Dreams – Read how one astronaut encourages kids to stay on track and never give up.
- The Don’t Give Up Kid – Discover a children’s book that reminds us all not to give up.
What does integrity mean? It means that you have values and morals, and you stick to those values and morals in how you treat others. Peer pressure can be really hard to deal with sometimes, but if you have integrity, you know right from wrong and you stay with it. Integrity means you have strength of character and the ability to stand up for what is right.
- Strong Character: Integrity – Here’s how parents can help teach their kids the importance of integrity.
- Sports & Character – Discover how sports can help to teach kids character.
Maybe your best friend has hurt your feelings, or you parent grounded you for something you feel is unfair. No matter what the reason, practicing forgiveness is very important. It is not always easy to forgive those who might have caused you to feel sad or upset, but it will make you feel much better about yourself. If you forgive someone, you can often move on with things and keep your friendships in place. Also, imagine if you had done something you really didn’t mean and felt bad about it. You’d want the person you hurt to forgive you, too.
- The Art of Forgiveness – Learn more about forgiveness and how you can learn to practice it in daily life.
- The Forgiveness Project – Discover how forgiveness has changed many peoples’ lives through these profiles and stories.
No two people are alike, and sometimes kids can shun others who are different. It’s diversity that makes the world such an interesting and amazing place. Whether it is the foreign exchange student or a kid from a different neighborhood, you should always be welcoming towards that person, and remember that we are all different on the outside, but we share the same basic things like family, friendships, and love. Welcoming diversity at school and in your life can open you up to a world of new learning adventures and new discoveries about yourself and others.
- Diversity Activities – Here are some activities kids can do to better understand diversity.
- What is Diversity? – Learn more about what diversity is and how it affects our life.
Sometimes, you might have a teacher or other adult in your life that you might not like to deal with. No matter how you feel, you should always show respect to others. Paying attention and not talking in class, saying yes mam or yes sir, and thanking others when they help you are all ways to show respect. Remember, if you show respect to others, you will get the same respect in return.
- Respect Games – Play these fun games to help you learn manners and respect.
- Respect Activities – Try these thirty five different activities to help you learn and practice respect.
Love and Trust yourself
While it is always important to love others, it is also important that you love yourself. Having a healthy self esteem and taking care of your own needs is very important. It is hard for us to love and trust others 100% if we don’t already do the same for ourselves. Having a healthy self image and a strong sense of self is essential in being a well rounded person. You can discover new things about yourself almost every day. Never be afraid to express yourself and show that you have self respect.
- The Story on Self-Esteem – Read more about self-esteem, what it means for you, and how to be a self-assured person.
- Building Self-Esteem – Here are several things parents and kids can do to build up self-esteem.
Don’t forget to play! Having fun is important and it helps us to feel less stressed in life. As kids, you should always set some time aside to play and enjoy life. Play a game, ride your bike, go roller skating, or do something fun outdoors. Playing is healthy and keeps our brains functioning and our minds creative. School is very important, but so is play time!
- Why Play Matters – This article explains why playing and having fun is important for kids and adults.
- Playing and Skills – This page explores how and why old fashioned playing can help kids build other skills.
It’s ok to make mistakes
No one is perfect. This fact is very important to keep in mind if you make a mistake. It is ok to make mistakes sometimes, as long as you own up to it, be honest about the mistake, and then try to correct it if you can. Never hide a mistake. Most people understand when we make mistakes. If you do something wrong or make a mistake, just pick yourself up and dust yourself off and start all over again.
- Mistakes are Part of Learning – Remember, making mistakes can actually help you learn!
- Learning from Failure – Read about how making a few mistakes can teach very valuable lessons.
Tell the truth
Sometimes, telling the truth can be a bit embarrassing. Remember, honesty is always the best policy no matter what happens. Tell the truth about things that happen and you will not only feel much better, you will avoid having to cover things up with more lies later on. Being honest will benefit you in many facets of your life and help you to develop strong and trusting relationships with others.
- Honesty – This page will help you understand the basics of honesty and why it is so important.
- Teaching Honesty & Responsibility – A simple guide designed to help parents teach their children to be honest and responsible.
Be a Kid!
Even though life has its ups and downs, it’s important to remember to be a kid! You’re young and have so many different opportunities ahead of you. There is no rush to grow up. Enjoy having fun, being silly, reading good books, and watching fun movies. Being a kid while you’re still young is vital to a healthy adulthood. Have a good time, goof off, and don’t try to be too adult too soon!
- Kids & Physical Activity – Learn why it’s important for kids’ health to stay active and play!
- Get Kids in Action – Check out activities, sports, and more to make sure kids stay active and have fun.
Life is precious. We should all respect our own life as well as the lives of others. Loving life makes it more enjoyable and fulfilling. Do different things, experience new places and foods, and enjoy your life as much as possible. Having fun is an essential part of loving life, so try to have fun no matter what you do.
Great Quotes on Life and Inspiration
Great Quotes on Life and InspirationLiving life to the fullest is how you experience each day. It’s about finding who you are and being proud of even the smallest successes and maintaining peace of mind. Remarkable achievements that we all aim for may result eventually, but by waiting for something better to come along, we can forget to live fully. We all need to find meaning in our lives and to know what compels us to succeed. There are endless ways to make our lives more meaningful and to find things that give us dignity and enjoyment. Uncover your passions for life and commit to your life’s desires.
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing, it’s when you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it!” -Margaret Thatcher
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” -Dr. Seuss
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” -Maya Angelou
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.” -Albert Einstein
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do then by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” -Robert Frost
“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.” -John Lennon
“Character is like a tree and a reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” -Abraham Lincoln
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” -Thomas Edison
“The best motivation is self-motivation. The guy says, I wish someone would come by and turn me on. What if they don’t show up? You’ve got to have a better plan for your life than that.” -Jim Rohn
“The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.” -Peter F. Drucker
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill
“Always be the first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” -Judy Garland
“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” -Jim Morrison
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” -Lao Tzu
“Nirvana is a psychological state of mind. It’s not a place like heaven. It’s not a place that is not here. It is here; in the middle of the turmoil. When you are not compelled by desire or fear. When you hold your center and act out of there.” -Joseph Campbell
“A man who views the world the same as fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” -Muhammad Ali
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
“I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot. When you think about the consequences, you always get a negative result.” -Michael Jordan
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” -Dr. Seuss
“If you fail to prepare, you’ve prepared to fail.” -Mark Spitz
“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” -John Wooden
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” -Albert Einstein
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” –Alexander Graham Bell
“Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug.” –Mark Knopfler
“Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.” –Robert Orben
“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” –Hans Christian Anderson
“Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.” –Lillian Dickson
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” -Maya Angelou
“A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one’s own path, not chasing after the dreams of others.” –Chin Ning Chu
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” –E. E. Cummings
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” – Mark Twain
“Every beauty which is seen here below by persons of perception resemble more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come…” -Michelangelo
“And when they played they really played. And when they worked they really worked.” -Dr. Seuss
“Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” -Buddha
“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has a purpose.” –Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
“I celebrate myself, and sing myself, and what I assume you shall assume, for every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.” –Walt Whitman
“Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.” –David Hume
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” -John Lennon
“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” –John Muir
“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” –Abraham Lincoln
“You are the people who are shaping a better world. One of the secrets of inner peace is the practice of compassion.” –Dalai Lama
“Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” –Grandma Moses
“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” –Anne Frank
“Change your thoughts and you can change the world.” –Norman Vincent Peale
“Your fervent wishes can only find fulfillment if you succeed in attaining love and understanding of men, and animals, and plants, and stars, so that every joy becomes your joy and every pain your pain.” -Albert Einstein
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” -Maya Angelou
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Seuss
“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.” –Sojourner Truth
“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” –Emily Dickinson
“You can not play the game of life with sweaty palms.” –Phillip McGraw
“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” –Oprah Winfrey
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” –Helen Keller
“I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
“I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do. And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” -Dr. Seuss
“Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end.” –Jiddu Krishnamurti
“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” -John Lennon
“You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise!” -Maya Angelou
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
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