Contact: Youth Suicide Prevention Program
Youth Suicide Prevention Program
444 N.E. Ravenna Blvd. Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: (206) 297-5922
Fax: (206) 297-0818
YSPP is a prevention education program that is focused on reducing suicidal behaviors among the youth of Washington state.
We work towards that goal by raising public awareness, facilitating training and supporting communities in taking action.
We do not provide counseling services or telephone crisis intervention.
We believe that if more adults AND young people knew how to recognize the warning signs for suicide, and felt competent about what to say or do, and could comfortably seek help for a suicidal youth, we would prevent many of these unnecessary tragedies.
Most suicidal young people donít really want to die; they just want their pain to end. About 80% of the time, people who kill themselves have given definite signals or talked about suicide. The key to prevention is to know these signs and what to do to help.
Watch for these signs. They may indicate someone is thinking about suicide. The more signs you see, the greater the risk.
A previous suicide attempt
Current talk of suicide or making a plan
Strong wish to die or a preoccupation with death
Giving away prized possessions
Signs of depression, such as moodiness, hopelessness, withdrawal
Increased alcohol and/or other drug use
Hinting at not being around in the future or saying good-bye
These warning signs are especially noteworthy in light of:
a recent death or suicide of a friend or family member
a recent break-up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, or conflict with parents
news reports of other suicides by young people in the same school or community
Other key risk factors include:
Readily accessible firearms
Impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks
Lack of connection to family and friends (no one to talk to)
What to do if you see the warning signs?
If a friend mentions suicide, take it seriously. If he or she has expressed an immediate plan, or has access to a gun or other potentially deadly means, do not leave him or her alone. Get help immediately.
These steps can be effective:
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