August 15, 2012

Bullying

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It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Source: National Education Association. If you don’t believe this is an issue keep in mind that suicide rates among 10 to 14-year-olds have grown more than 50 percent over the last three decades. (The American Association of Suicidology, AAS). Something has to change, before it is too late.

The biggest obstacle to overcoming bullying is awareness. Without a united front at school, at home, and in public areas we will not be able to curb this terrible behavior. It is a common assumption that the majority of children and teens that take their life were the victims of bullying. In fact, bullies are often the ones most likely to harm themselves.

There has been a correlation between a negative parent/child relationship and the likelihood that the child is a bully. This emphasizes a need for parenting skills classes to be taught. Many parents do not know how to discipline their children effectively, or provide adequate support to their children. This is especially common among parents of a young age.

Unfortunately if a parent doesn’t know how to discipline their child, when the school calls to inform them their child is having trouble at school, the behavior isn’t adequately corrected, and may increase the child’s frustration. This could lead to increased bullying and continue the cycle.

April 30, 2012

SAMHSA and Facebook Work Together to Help Those in Crisis Gain Support.

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In December, SAMHSA and Facebook partnered to help people experiencing a crisis. Now, if you have a friend on Facebook, that expresses suicidal thoughts, or just posts concerning messages; you can click the link and report the person to lifeline, who will send them an email asking them to call or chat online with a counselor.
To learn more visit: http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1112125820.aspx

Don’t forget to help our clients at http://www.everycentcounts.org overcome their roadblocks and turn their life around.

April 5, 2012

Helping those experiencing suicidal thoughts.

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According to the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition, every 38 seconds someone in the U.S. attempts suicide; every 15.2 minutes someone in the U.S. dies by suicide.  Each person who dies by suicide leaves behind an average of six loved ones or survivors.

These numbers are alarming and serve as a constant reminder of the prevalence of a topic seldom discussed in public. Many people are afraid that discussing suicide with someone having suicidal thoughts could send them over the edge or give them ideas for ending their life. This is not the case, in many cases discussing suicide and their feelings is a sign that someone cares, and that they have a person they can trust to process how they feel.

I cannot tell you how many times I talked to people having thoughts of suicide while working in Suicide Prevention and answering the crisis lines. One of the most common feelings they expressed after talking with me, is a sense that their was someone out there that truly cared. They don’t necessarily want a solution to their problem, but a shoulder to cry on and a listening ear.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide please call 2-1-1, or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) anytime 24/7. There is always someone willing to speak with you. Or you can log onto www.crisiscenter.com for more information.

If you would like to help one of our clients from our Suicide Prevention Program, visit our website at www.everycentcounts.org