In one word, what is suicide?
Suicide is the act of ending one's own life. Suicide prevention involves recognizing warning signs, learning how to respond, and getting help for yourself or others. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, get help right away.
Suicide and Suicide Prevention
Suicide: An act of intentionally ending one's own life. Suicide Prevention: A set of efforts or activities designed to reduce the incidence of suicide. Risk Factors: Factors that increase the likelihood of suicide such as mental health conditions, substance use, and access to lethal means.
Around 800,000 people die due to suicide each year, which is one person every 40 seconds. In some countries, suicide prevention hotlines are available 24/7 to help people in crisis. Caffeine, alcohol, and some medications can increase the risk of suicide in some people.
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What do you think are some of the most common causes of suicide?
What do you think are some of the most effective ways of preventing suicide?
How do you think society's views on mental health can influence suicide rates?
How do you think discussing suicide openly can help prevent suicide?
Brain break: Draw a spaceship made entirely out of pizza flying through a field of broccoli trees.
Question: Suicide is a growing problem among 8th grade students. What could be done to prevent it? Clues: • Look into why people might be feeling suicidal. • Explore how people can reach out for help. • Research the available resources for people in need. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Come up with a plan for how your school could provide more support to students who may be feeling suicidal. B. Design a poster that could help spread awareness about suicide prevention and resources.
What is the leading cause of suicide worldwide?
- Substance abuse
- Mental illness
- Financial problems
- Relationship issues
Which age group has the highest rate of suicide?
- 15-29 years old
- 45-59 years old
- 30-44 years old
- 60+ years old
What is a common warning sign that someone may be at risk for suicide?
- Withdrawal from social activities
- All of the above
- Expressing feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- Talking about wanting to die or kill themselves
True or False: Asking someone directly about suicidal thoughts can make them more likely to attempt suicide.
Which organization provides a national helpline for individuals in crisis and offers support for suicide prevention?
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Mental Health America
Work together in pairs: What is one way that you can support a friend who is struggling with suicidal thoughts?