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Youth suicide prevention

Brianne Probasco

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Our community is concerned about youth suicide. 

If you think someone is at risk of suicide, ask for help.  If someone is harming him/herself right now, call 911.


Warning signs that a youth (up to age 24) is at risk of suicide include:

  1. Talking about or making plans for suicide
  2. Expressing hopelessness about the future
  3. Displaying severe/overwhelming emotional pain or distress
  4. Showing worrisome behavior, particularly in the presence of the warning signs above.  Specifically, this includes significant:
  • withdrawal from or change in social connections or situations
  • changes in sleep (increased or decreased)
  • anger or hostility that seems out of character or out of context
  • recent increased agitation or irritability

(These warning signs apply to youth; warning signs that an adult (age 25+) is at risk are here.)


Show, Ask, Get help (SAG)

  • Show you care.  Take any threat or talk about suicide seriously.  Start by telling the person you are concerned.
    • I am worried about you because _____________.  I want to help.
  • Ask the question.  Don't be afraid to ask if he or she is thinking about suicide or has a plan or method in mind.
    • Are you thinking about suicide?
  • Get help.  Resist the temptation to "argue them out it."  Instead, seek professional help and do not leave them alone.
    • You are not alone.  Let me help you find help.

Resources

Tips for parents for talking with their children about the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" and suicide (.pdf)

Tips for parents for talking with their children about the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" and suicide (.pdf)

Warning signs of suicide (.pdf)

Warning signs of suicide (.pdf)

How to support youth after a suicide (.pdf)

How to support youth after a suicide (.pdf)

Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan (.pdf)

Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan (.pdf)

Self-Injury Surveillance Report, Grays Harbor County (.pdf)

Self-Injury Surveillance Report, Grays Harbor County (.pdf)

Washington State's Plan for Youth Suicide Prevention (.pdf)

Washington State's Plan for Youth Suicide Prevention (.pdf)

Recommendations for reporting on suicide (.pdf)

Recommendations for reporting on suicide (.pdf)