Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Suicide Prevention Day

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Young People and Suicide

Today is suicide prevention day so I thought I better do a little blog post on it and given that I am a young person I thought I'd write it about young people specifically. Every adult was a young person at some point in their lives, some want to forget it, some act like they were never young and some simply forget what it is like to be young. More often than not all young people want is to be taken seriously, be that when they tell you they love their boyfriend of 2 days or that they want to become a vegetarian because they are going through an animal loving "phase" or in the case of this blog post that they simply feel depressed with suicidal ideation. In line with this more than half of adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood and a huge proportion of them weren't treated sufficiently at the time.

What I am trying to say is LISTEN and TALK and TRY to understand. If you don't understand at first this does not make it an acceptable reason to brush off their mood as just a thing of puberty. No. Puberty is different.

Another thing which is different is self harm. It is estimated that between 1/12 and 1/15 of young people have deliberately self-harmed. This is not the same as a suicide attempt but it doesn't mean it is not serious; bloody talk about it! Don't inflict shame on them!
Suicide is very serious, even the thought without the action itself and it knows no concept of age discrimination. Around 6.2% of 16-24 year olds have attempted suicide at some point in their life time so let us stop pretending that it isn't happening and attribute all thought of it to puberty and TALK about it.

Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Hannah x

*statistics used were found at Young Minds
**I am no expert

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