Psychiatrist Offers Parents Warning Signs and Prevention Tips for Teen Suicide

Famously impulsive teens are known for bad decisions and poor risk assessment skills — jumping down too many stairs on a skateboard, blowing off homework. But during this sometimes-tumultuous stage in life, Dr. Bruce Lovelace of St. Thomas Community Health Center says there’s something else parents should be aware of. Though it’s often hard to think about, troubled young people are at risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and hospitalizations for kids thinking about suicide are on the rise. Read More…

$4.25 Million Initiative Tackling Youth Suicide in Alaska Native Communities

Last month, the University of Alaska Fairbanks announced a $4.25 million initiative to tackle youth suicide in Alaska Native communities, with a focus on resilience and solutions.

But one program in the Northwest Arctic Borough School District has focused on this type of community-based prevention since its start in 2008, and it now has been showing results.

Promoting peer-to-peer mentoring, the school district’s Youth Leaders Program engages students and their communities, challenging them to come up with solutions to bullying, isolation and suicidal tendencies. Read More…

International Survivor of Suicide Loss Day–Saturday, November 19th

Saturday November 19th is International Survivor of Suicide Loss Day. In recognition of this important day 360 North will broadcast, “Understanding Grief and Loss After Suicide with Dr. Bob Baugher, Ph.D.” Dr. Bob Baugher is an internationally recognized suicide prevention expert and this is an excellent locally filmed presentation. Broadcast times are Sunday 11/20/16 10:59 AM and Monday 11/21/16 at 8:59 PM.
Additionally, 360 North has created a suicide prevention page!  You can now watch this presentation anytime! This new page contains, “Understanding Grief and Loss After Suicide” as well links to resources and another excellent presentation from Dr. Baugher, “Suicide Intervention and Prevention.” The JSPC is grateful for all of KTOO and 360 North’s contributions to our community and the state.  Thank you!

More Child Suicides Are Linked to A.D.D. Than Depression, Study Suggests

Attention deficit disorder is the most common mental health diagnosis among children under 12 who die by suicide, a new study has found.

Very few children aged 5 to 11 take their own lives, and little is known about these deaths. The new study, which included deaths in 17 states from 2003 to 2012, compared 87 children aged 5 to 11 who committed suicide with 606 adolescents aged 12 to 14 who did, to see how they differed.

The research was published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

About a third of the children of each group had a known mental health problem. The very young who died by suicide were most likely to have had attention deficit disorder, or A.D.D., with or without accompanying hyperactivity. READ MORE…

6 Myths About Suicide That Every Educator And Parent Should Know

As we’ve reported all week, schools play a key role, along with parents and medical professionals, in identifying children who may be at risk of suicide. And one of the biggest challenges: myths that can cloud their judgment.

“People are afraid of the whole topic,” says David Jobes, the head of Catholic University’s Suicide Prevention Lab. “It just feels like something that’s left unsaid or untouched.”

Jobes says one of the most common — and most dangerous — myths about suicide is that young children just don’t kill themselves. Read More