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NEW LIFE Suicide Awareness Presentation 2010

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Everybody Smiling! But he was hiding his pain… Normal - Happy - Family

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In Memory of Nick Knapp Born- March 17 1987 Died by Suicide- May 19 2007

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It’s Not too late! It’s Never too late!

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Research shows that during our lifetime: 20% of us will have a suicide within our immediate family. 60% of us will personally know someone who dies by suicide.

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Prevention -a caring person with the right knowledge -available in the right place -at the right time.

FACT: Studies have shown that patients with depression already have these ideas and talking about them does not increase the risk of them taking their own life. :

FACT: Studies have shown that patients with depression already have these ideas and talking about them does not increase the risk of them taking their own life. MYTH: Asking a depressed person about suicide will push him/her to complete suicide.

STAY ALIVE! :

STAY ALIVE!

You can help. . . :

You can help. . .

Most suicidal people don't really want to die – they just want their pain to end. :

Most suicidal people don't really want to die – they just want their pain to end.

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About 80% of the time people who kill themselves have given definite signals or talked about suicide.

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Warning Signs Observable signs of serious depression Unrelenting low mood Pessimism Hopelessness Anxiety Withdrawal Sleep problems Increased alcohol and/or other drug use Recent impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks Threatening suicide or expressing strong wish to die Making a plan Giving away prized possessions Purchasing a firearm Unexpected rage or anger

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Three Basic Steps Show you care Ask about suicide Get help Intervention

Intervention Step One :

Intervention Step One Show you care Take ALL talk of suicide seriously If you are concerned that someone may take their life, trust your judgment! Listen Carefully Do not worry about doing or saying exactly the "right" thing. Your genuine interest is what is most important. Be Genuine Let the person know you really care. Talk about your feelings and ask about his or hers. "I'm concerned about you…about how you feel." " You mean a lot to me and I want to help." "I care about you, about how you're holding up ."

HOLD ON!:

HOLD ON ! HOLD ON!

Intervention Step Two: :

Intervention Step Two: Ask about suicide Don't hesitate to raise the subject. Be direct in a caring, non-confrontational way. Get the conversation started. You do not need to solve all of the person's problems; Just engage them Are you thinking about suicide? Are you thinking about harming yourself, ending your life? Have you thought about how you would do it? Do you really want to die? Or do you want the pain to go away? Ask about treatment Do you have a therapist/doctor?

Intervention Step Three: :

Intervention Step Three: Outline safety plan Get help but do NOT leave the person alone Know referral resources Reassure the person Encourage the person to participate in helping process

Know Referral Resources :

Know Referral Resources

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Oxford Elgin Child & Youth Centre 1-877-539-0463 (16 and Under) Canadian Mental Health Association 1-888-631-2180 (16 and Older) Regional Mental Health Centre 1-800-265-4361 (Adults) Boys Town National Crisis Line 1 - 800-448 - 3000 or for TDD 1-800-448-1833 London & District Distress Centre Crisis:(519) 667-6711 London Mental Health Crisis Service Crisis:(519) 433-2023 24-hour (telephone support for people age 16+)

You can save a life:

You can save a life You can make a difference Just by being there!

Wear a bracelet Show your support:

Wear a bracelet Show your support

All proceeds go towards The Nick Knapp Kindness Fund:

All proceeds go towards The Nick Knapp Kindness Fund -So we can provide resources to families, schools and communities -Its helps support our 4th annual memorial golf tournament -Covers the cost of ASIST Training for teachers and students But most of all… WE ARE BREAKING THE SILENCE AWARENESS IS PREVENTION!nicholas.ca In Memory of Nick Knapp Born- March 17 1987 Died by Suicide- May 19 2007 www.rememberingnicholas.ca

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