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Suicide Prevention at your school

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Starting a School Program

With the help of a teacher or school staff, you can organise a prevention education campaign that designates a week or a month to raising awareness about youth suicide. We don't recommend assemblies as a way of talking about this serious subject. It is better to host informational tables at lunchtime or conduct classroom presentations.

There are many creative, fun ways to spread the word – you can choose a campaign slogan (i.e., "Be a Lifesaver"), the campaign elements (i.e., key chains, pencils, t-shirts) you want to use to promote awareness, and how you want to distribute them.

For example, a student group may design and wear t-shirts for prevention week. Another group may hang posters in every classroom; another may set up an information booth at every lunch hour. It's up to you!

Don't forget to use social media to get your suicide prevention message to a wider audience.  You could upload awareness information to a Facebook page or tweet your latest awareness event, you might even consider making a suicide prevention video and putting it on YouTube.

Making a Suicide Prevention Video

If you decide to make a video as a way of educating your peers, emphasise the warning signs and intervention steps for recognising and helping a friend who might be a risk of suicide. Do not glamorize or glorify suicidal behaviours. Studies show that doing so can increase the risk that a vulnerable individual will take their own life.

Doing a project on Suicide Prevention

If you want to write a project on youth suicide you can find lots of information under FAQs or you can visit our other websites for more information particularly www.youthsuicideprevention.iewww.youthsuicideprevention.ie or www.200kcamapign.iewww.200kcamapign.ie where you can download free copies of Dr Keith Holmes' book, "Youth Self-Harm and Suicide", a superb prevention handbook.

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Warning Signs

Warning signs may include but are not limited to:
Withdrawing from family and friends
Having difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly
Sleeping too much or too little
Feeling tired most of the time
Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight
Talking about feeling hopeless or guilty
Talking about suicide or death
Self-destructive behaviour like drinking too much or abusing drugs
Losing interest in favourite things or activities
Giving away prized possessions
Mood swings
IMPORTANT
If a friend mentions suicide, take it seriously. If they have expressed an immediate plan, or have access to prescription medication or other potentially deadly means, do not leave them alone. Get help immediately.

Helplines

The Samaritans116 123
Pieta House1800 247 247
Aware1890 30 33 02
ISPCC Childline1800 66 66 66
Teen-Line Ireland1800 83 36 34

Contact Us

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland (RCN20070670)
59 High Street
Killarney
Co Kerry V93 N977
Tel 021 - 242 7173
Email admin@yspi.eu