This is National Suicide Prevention Week. During September 6-12 organizations and schools around the nation will create awareness, and educate the public about suicide prevention.
At Barrington High School, students involved with Erika’s Lighthouse Chapter will be passing out yellow ribbons, and through out the Barrington area, signs for the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk in Chicago will be posted around town.
Social campaigns throughout the country will share programs and other statistical information, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will share their results from a recent public survey.
Suicide Prevention Tips for Kids and Teens
- Take it seriously, even if your friend brushes it off
- Suicidal ideation (continual suicidal thoughts) is not typical and reflects a larger problem
- An angry friend is better than a dead friend
- Ask, listen, tell, if the threat is immediate stay with the person
- Bring friend to a trusted adult. If they don’t know what to do or don’t take it seriously find another adult
- Be a good listener but remember suicidal ideation reflects a bigger underlying problem such as depression, substance problems, abuse, problem-solving difficulties. - - You can listen but they need to speak to a professional.
- 30% of attempters tell someone before, many don’t tell anyone after.
- When some talks to you, that is the moment for intervention
- With each suicide attempt, risk of suicide increases
- Change in mood- sadness, anxiety, irritability
- Change in behavior- isolation
- Change in sleep
- Change in appetite
- Increase in aggression or impulsiveness
- Feeling hopeless, worthless
- Saying things like “No one will miss me” or “You’ll be better off” (feeling like a burden)
- Feeling ashamed or humiliated or desperation, as after a break up or test
- Collecting means
- Talking about wanting to kill themselves
- Drop in grades
- Risk taking
- Giving away prized possessions
The Chicagoland Out of the Darkness Walk will take place at Avery Field ( Grant Park next to Soldier Field) in Chicago on September 26, 2015 at 10:00 am.
The Chicagoland Walk is the largest in the country for suicide prevention. The public is welcome, and it’s free of charge. Early registration is recommended given the size of the event. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host the event, and the day includes speakers, music, information tents, counseling, and a beautiful walk along Lake Michigan to help create awareness, remember those who have died by suicide, and help those who struggle with an underlying mental health disorder
Event Details for Out of the Darkness Chicago Walk;
Walk Date: 09/26/2015
Walk Location: Avery Field - Grant Park
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/26/2015 at 8:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Chicagoland Walk Committee
Contact Phone: 312-890-2377
Contact Email: Chicago@AFSP.org
Its not too late to sign up, create a team, or join a team. For more information locally contact Anne Gulotta, H.E.R.E. in Barrington and AFSP board member at email@example.com or 847-431-8504
If you are in crisis, call:1-800-273-TALK (8255)