Empowering those to talk about suicide and speak out rather than conceal the feeling.
Faith, Integrity, Commitment, Loyalty, Passion, Relationship building, and Trust
- Maintain current statistics of suicide.
- Present information regarding: warning signs, risk factors, local resources, etc.
- Provide financial needs to those who have lost loved ones to suicide.
- Work and provide other organizations promoting suicide awareness with financial support.
- Facilitate speaking engagements throughout schools and encourage individuals to have the conversation about suicide with loved ones.
- Create a safe place for adolescents to openly discuss teen life.
- Foster an environment that promotes prayer, relationship, and accountability.
PALS: Peers Accomplishing Life Successfully
Helping Empower Adolescents to Reject Thoughts of Suicide (HEARTS)
What To Look For
In 2017, there were 32 suicide deaths, seven of which were age 14 or younger. The Kansas youth suicide rate continues to climb, despite a decline in the overall child death rate. Of the 32 youths who died by suicide, 66% had previously received or were receiving mental health services at the time of their death. In 28% of the deaths, the youth had a history of substance abuse.
Suicide remains the third leading cause of death for the 5-14 age-group.
Suicide remains the second leading cause of death for the 15-24 age-group.
In 2017, the CDC conducted a survey to determine high school youth risk behavior. Almost 30% felt sad or hopeless for 2 or more weeks, %16 of freshman considered attempting suicide, 13% of freshman had a plan, and 8.5% attempted suicide one or more times.
Kansas State Child Death Review Board 2019: Suicide – death due to the intentional taking of one’s own life.
Address depression or anxiety. Be aware of the symptoms. Recognize the warning signs and discuss them.
Initiate the Conversation. The discussion of suicide should be a priority. Have the conversation and offer help before it’s too late.
Pay attention. If your teen is thinking about suicide, he or she is likely displaying warning signs. Listen to what your child is saying. Never shrug off threats of suicide as teen melodrama. Social media is a great indicator of teen behaviors and thoughts.
Discourage isolation. Encourage your teen to spend time with supportive friends and family.
Encourage a healthy lifestyle. Help your teen eat well, exercise, and get regular sleep.
Support the treatment plan. If your teen is undergoing treatment for suicidal behavior, remind him or her that it might take time to feel better. Help your teen follow his or her doctor’s recommendations. Also, encourage your teen to participate in activities that will help him or her rebuild confidence.
Safely store firearms, alcohol and medications. Access to means can play a role if a teen is already Experiencing thoughts of Suicide.