The risk for suicidal behavior is complex. Research suggests that people who attempt suicide differ from others in many aspects of how they think, react to events, and make decisions. There are differences in aspects of memory, attention, planning, and emotion, for example. These differences often occur along with disorders like depression, substance use, anxiety, and psychosis. Sometimes suicidal behavior is triggered by events such as personal loss or violence. In order to be able to detect those at risk and prevent suicide, it is crucial that we understand the role of both long-term factors—such as experiences in childhood—and more immediate factors like mental health and recent life events. Researchers are also looking at how genes can either increase risk or make someone more resilient to loss and hardships.Many people have some of these risk factors but do not attempt suicide. Suicide is not a normal response to stress. It is, however, a sign of extreme distress, not a harmless bid for attention. (Source: www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml)
Depression is the leading cause of suicide in teenagers.
• About 6 percent of teenagers will develop depression yearly. Sadly, more than 80 percent of these kids will not have their illness properly diagnosed or treated, which can also lead to school absenteeism, failing grades, dropouts, crimes, and drug and alcohol abuse.
• Depression is among the most treatable of all mood disorders. More than three fourths of people with depression respond positively to treatment.
• The best way to prevent suicide is through early detection, diagnosis, and vigorous treatment of depression and other mental disorders, including addictions. (Source: www.sprc.org)
If you are suicidal or you think someone you know is, we want you to know that help is available and recovery is possible! Start by learning the warning signs, and do whatever you can to get yourself or someone you care about to the help they need so that they can return to living a fully functioning life.
Get Help Now:
ü La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative (SPI) www.lacrossesuicideprevention.org
· Great Rivers 211 Crisis Line: 211 or 1-800-362-8255
· National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
· LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline 1-866-4-U-TREVOR
· Text "HOPELINE" to 741741
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) http://afsp.org/
Suicide Awareness Voice of Education (SAVE) www.save.orgm
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) www.sprc.org
ü Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/youth_suicide.html