Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
Information for Parents
- All talk about suicide should be taken seriously.
- Suicide behavior in family members increases the risk of suicide in other family members.
- People who talk about suicide do often commit suicide.
- Remind those who are suicidal that suicide is a permanent choice.
- It is vital to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to treat the cause of it.
- "Copycat" suicides often spread the tragedy even further.
- Many people who attempt suicide are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Most suicides occur in the house.
- It helps to talk to suicidal people. It reduces their pain.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third leading cause of deaths for 15- to 24-year-olds and the fourth leading cause of death for 10- to 14-year-olds.
Effects on Youth
- Each victim leaves behind a void in the hearts of his or her friends.
- Survivors feel guilt, anger, blame, confusion, and abandonment.
- Suicide leaves many unresolved issues.
- Very few actions generate as much emotion in family members/friends as suicidal behavior.
- Sometimes, suicides can have a sad rippling effect.
- Bereavement is complex, yet suicide is even more complex.
- Many people have negative attitudes about suicide. These negative attitudes are very difficult to combat.
What are the warning signs of suicide?
- Changes in eating/sleeping habits
- Withdrawal from friends, family, and regular activities
- Violent actions, rebellious behavior, or running away
- Unusual neglect of personal appearance
- Marked personality change
- Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
- Frequent complaints about physical symptoms, such as stomachaches, headaches, and fatigue, that are often related to emotions
- Making verbal hints and statements about suicide
- Systematically putting his or her things "in order"
- Not tolerating praise/rewards
- Drug/Alcohol use
- Persistent boredom
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decline in school work
What can you do?
- Talk to your child about his or her concerns.
- If you suspect that your teen is in immediate danger, do not leave him or her alone.
- Remove all lethal weapons and pills from the house.
- Show unconditional love, and offer emotional support.
- If you are engaged in a phone conversation with your child and you suspect severe depression, stay on the phone with him or her until you can get someone to him or her.
- Always remember, there are help numbers that you can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Seek professional help.
Suicide prevention awareness information is distributed to all JCPS middle school students (Dealing With Suicidal Thoughts) and high school students (Save a Life).
Where can you go for more information and help?
Make a Difference for Kids, Inc.
Make a Difference for Kids, Inc., is an organization that promotes awareness and prevention of cyberbullying and suicide through education. The organization was created in memory of Rachael Neblett and Kristin Settles, two Mt. Washington, Kentucky, teens who died as a result of suicide.
National Hope Line
24 hours a day/7 days a week
Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support
Seven Counties Services, Inc.
The Crisis and Information Center
24 hours a day/ 7 days a week