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Suicide is Preventable

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10 – 24 in America, resulting in more than 130 deaths each week.  The suicide rate in this age group has risen dramatically as of late. Between 2007 and 2017, we experienced a more than 65% increase in the suicide rate of 10 – 24-year-old Americans.  The younger population is hardly immune to life’s stresses and their well-being should be a concern, as well. The number of suicide deaths for ages 10 – 14 has more than doubled since 2006.  Suicide has, however, been declared a leading cause of PREVENTABLE death.

Many times, a person who is contemplating suicide will exhibit warning clear signs prior to an attempt.  We need to be vigilant when several of the signs are identified and persist over an extended period of time.  The following is a list of warning signs that a person contemplating suicide may exhibit. It is, by no means, an all-encompassing list.

  • Talking about suicide
  • Making statements about feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • A deepening depression
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Taking unnecessary risks or exhibiting self-destructive behavior
  • Out of character behavior
  • A loss of interest in the things one cares about
  • Making final arrangements
  • Giving prized possessions away

It is all too easy to think of suicide as a terrible tragedy that happens to other families. We want to believe that children who experience “suicidal thoughts” come from dysfunctional families that may have a history of family violence and drug abuse. While it is true that these factors increase the risk of suicide, it’s important to understand that suicide crosses all racial, economic, social, and ethnic lines. Everyone needs to be aware of the warning signs associated with suicidal thoughts and know how to respond if someone’s behavior causes concern.

Watch and listen to your children. Pay attention to sudden changes in behavior that cause you concern.  If you notice a worrisome pattern, it is time to take action. Talk openly and honestly with your child about your concerns and be supportive in helping them cope with their feelings.  While death is an uncomfortable subject for many people, it is important to be able to talk about it openly and honestly. There should be no fear in talking to young people about suicide. Be willing to seek professional help and guidance if you feel your child is becoming depressed or contemplating self-harm.  If someone is suicidal, he or she must not be left alone. Though it is important to act immediately, it is better not to act alone. You need professional assistance

The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is a nationally recognized leader in youth suicide prevention and awareness.  Our mission is to provide programs and resources for students, educators, and parents to help recognize and assist young people who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide.  The Jason Foundation has never charged any school, family, or community for the use of our programs or materials. This ensures that a lack of funding is never a determining factor of who can obtain the information that could possibly save a life.  Visit www.jasonfoundation.com for programs and resources.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free resource that is available 24/7 for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.  The Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor.

If you are experiencing a crisis, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Brett Marciel
Director of Business Development and Public Relations
The Jason Foundation, Inc.
18 Volunteer Drive
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Phone: 1-888-881-2323 or 615-264-2323

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