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Suicide/Suicide Prevention

Suicide/Suicidal behavior is complex and there is no single cause. In fact, many different factors contribute to someone making a suicide attempt. But people most at risk tend to share certain characteristics. The main risk factors for suicide are: Depression, other mental disorders, or substance abuse disorder. Suicidal thoughts, also known as suicidal ideation, are thoughts about how to kill oneself, which can range from a detailed plan to a fleeting consideration and does not include the final act of killing oneself. The majority of people who experience suicidal ideation do not carry it through.
If you're feeling suicidal, you may be afraid that you'll be judged or labeled "crazy" if you open up, or that no one could possibly understand. Concerned friends and family members may hesitate to speak up for fear that they're wrong or might say the wrong thing. However, talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.
Feeling suicidal means that a person has more pain than they feel capable of coping with. Help is available. Don't wait: reach out.
Let’s end the silence around suicide: It’s easy to suffer in silence, not knowing what to say to whom. These brave, honest talks suggest ways to open up, talk about it and seek help — as well as ways to offer it.
I Witnessed a Suicide (Joseph Keogh gave this talk as a nineteen-year-old freshman at Penn State Behrend. He is from Stafford, Virginia where he graduated in 2016 from Mountain View High School. For his talk, Joseph tells the story of how he witnessed the shotgun suicide of one his classmates. This experience was traumatic and life altering. His story however will not be focused on the pain or hardships this moment had on his life, but rather the good that has come out of it. Joseph hopes to share his moment in time with the world in order to raise awareness about the reality of mentally based hindrances, and spread the word about EMDR therapy. As well as help the world look at themselves deeply and evaluate what they hold dear)-
Suicide: How my failed attempts became my biggest success
URL Links
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
Psycom- (Suicide Warning Signs):
“13 Reasons Why” Netflix Series Fact Sheet: How School Counselors Can Help- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) recently partnered with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) to provide a free webinar for schools and community leaders that addresses the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The webinar is available to be viewed online, along with mental health information for parents, schools, and communities.
Teachable Moment Using “13 Reasons Why” to Initiate a Helpful Conversation About Suicide Prevention and Mental Health- Hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American School Counselor Association and the National Association of School Psychologists
What Can I Do To Help Someone Who May be Suicidal? – Discusses possible warning signs of suicidal thoughts and ways to prevent suicide attempts. (
PDF Files
Understanding Suicidal Thinking- Learn about preventing suicide attempts and offering help and support. (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance)
Suicide in America: Frequently Asked Questions- Find answers to common questions about suicide, including who is at the highest risk and how to help.
Suicide and Preventing Suicide – Suicide fact sheets answer questions about who's at risk and what friends and family can do to prevent suicide. (The National Alliance on Mental Illness).