One of the biggest Problems world wide is Teen suicide, not by the ones who harm themselves but even the ones they love and know
Place your hand over your heart feel that? That's PURPOSE. You're alive for a reason. Don't forget it. --Unkown
Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,240 attempts by young people grades 7-12.
Ways to prevent suicide
- Be yourself. Let the person know you care, that he/she is not alone. The right words are often unimportant. If you are concerned, your voice and manner will show it.
- Listen. Let the suicidal person unload despair, ventilate anger. No matter how negative the conversation seems, the fact that it exists is a positive sign.
- Be sympathetic, non-judgmental, patient, calm, accepting. Your friend or family member is doing the right thing by talking about his/her feelings.
- Offer hope. Reassure the person that help is available and that the suicidal feelings are temporary. Let the person know that his or her life is important to you.
- Take the person seriously. If the person says things like, “I’m so depressed, I can’t go on,” ask the question: “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” You are not putting ideas in their head, you are showing that you are concerned, that you take them seriously, and that it’s OK for them to share their pain with you.
- But don’t:
- Argue with the suicidal person. Avoid saying things like: "You have so much to live for," "Your suicide will hurt your family," or “Look on the bright side.”
- Act shocked, lecture on the value of life, or say that suicide is wrong.
- Promise confidentiality. Refuse to be sworn to secrecy. A life is at stake and you may need to speak to a mental health professional in order to keep the suicidal person safe. If you promise to keep your discussions secret, you may have to break your word.
- Offer ways to fix their problems, or give advice, or make them feel like they have to justify their suicidal feelings. It is not about how bad the problem is, but how badly it’s hurting your friend or loved one.
- Blame yourself. You can’t “fix” someone’s depression. Your loved one’s happiness, or lack thereof, is not your responsibility.
Conclusion: When a Friend or a loved one is on the verge of Suicide the best way to solve this problem is to help or get help from another to handle the situation. Or if you are having suicidal thoughts the best way to handle it is to seek help from others
The history of suicide.
- in ancient Greece suicide was thought to justify ones suffering
- in ancient Rome it is prohibited for slaves and solider to commit suicide
- In the MIDDLE AGES, suicide was often regarded as the result of diabolical temptation, induced by despair or madness. Savage penalties were inflicted on the dead body - such as dragging it through the streets where the deceased had lived, and hanging it. The estates of these persons were confiscated, and Christian burial was forbidden. Sometimes, the corpse of a suicide was buried at a busy crossroads (in order to confuse the spirit), pinned down by a wooden stake through the chest - thus preventing, it was hoped, the spirit emerging to bother the living.
- In the 19th CENTURY, in England, coroners’ juries began bringing in verdicts of “non compos mentis”, indicating that an individual was only insane at the actual moment of suicide. And, among the aristocracy, some suicides were attributed more to accidents than to madness - thus, the suicide of an Earl of Bath, Charles Grenville, was reported as being due to “the casual going off of a pistol”. In 1839,Bentley’s Miscellany contained a satirical section describing the “London Suicide Company” whose three directors were Graves, Knell and Gravesend. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado, in 1885, satirized the idea that a death sentence should be given for an attempted suicide by hanging Nanki-Poo for trying to take his own life. Such satires indicated a growing ambivalence towards suicide. In this century, the religious penalties for suicide were finally abandoned.
- Since the 1930s, there have been thousands of research studies and books on suicide, and many conferences have been held, especially in the United States and Western Europe. In England, the first right-to-die organization in the world, the Voluntary Euthanasia Society, was formed in 1935, by a group of senior doctors, such as Lord Moynihan, and clergy, including Canon Dick Shepherd. Since the mid-1970s, there is the World Federation of Right-to-Die Societies, now an umbrella group for 52 national organizations in 25 countries.