This post is an article from the Winter 2018 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Julie Jeanmard at the Cottage Grove Public Library.
Cindy Womack presented a workshop at the OYAN fall meeting from the QPR Institute about suicide prevention. Suicide is preventable and intervention does help. In fact, survivors of suicide attempts report immediate regret once the action was taken and a want to live. It is often a solution to a perceived problem that stems from pain and hopelessness. Three signs of suicide can be direct or indirect comments, behavioral cues, or situational circumstances. Comments can include “I am going to… (harm myself).” or “I don’t want to be here anymore.” Behavioral cues might be previous attempts, giving away one’s belongings, cleaning out their room/locker, or religious interest gain or loss. Some circumstances that can trigger suicidal thoughts are expulsion from school, loss of a relationship, death of a loved one, financial in- security, fear of punishment (for example, juvenile detention), or rejection from peers/friends.
The first step in prevention is to question the person. Continue reading