What keeps young people from talking about suicide? Kids Help Phone's professional counsellors are available for media interviews in time for World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10
TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - "My life seems so pointless I don't know what to do anymore, I've been thinking about suicide again. I feel extremely guilty for feeling like this because i know there are a lot of people out there that have it so much worse than me. I feel like i should just suck it up and stop feeling like this but its hard. I never talk about the way I'm feeling with anyone pretty much ever and i don't show emotions most of the time. i just feel i need to talk to someone about how I'm feeling right now because i feel like I'm getting worse and worse."
- young person posting on kidshelpphone.ca
If a young person in your life was feeling suicidal, would you know the warning signs?
Tuesday, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, and Kids Help Phone wants to help parents and guardians everywhere to gain a better understanding of youth suicide and open up the lines of communication at home.
"It's not always easy to recognize suicidal thoughts in others," says Cheryl-Lynn, a professional counsellor at Kids Help Phone. "There are assumptions out there that the warning signs are obvious, or that suicide only affects people with pronounced mental health disorders or addictions. But the reality is that suicide can affect anyone, including youth, and the signs are not always easy to see."
Six per cent of the calls and online contacts that Kids Help Phone receives from young people relate to suicide. In Canada, suicide is one of the leading causes of death among 15 to 24 year olds, second only to accidents.
"We know that young people often confide in each other before turning to anyone else," Cheryl-Lynn says, "but kids can't be expected to know what to do if a friend is suicidal. That's why it's important that they have other supports they can turn to, like parents, teachers, guidance counsellors, and Kids Help Phone."
Though suicidal thinking in others is not always obvious, there are some warning signs that may indicate a child is at risk.
What can parents and guardians do?
Talking to a young person about suicide can be difficult. Here are some tips from Kids Help Phone to help start the conversation at home.
For a parent, knowing that a child is dealing with thoughts of suicide can be incredibly difficult. Parents often feel as if they may be judged or that they are at fault when their kids are suffering.
Kids Help Phone is here to help young people, and our professional counsellors are also available for media interviews to offer more information and tips for parents.
We also encourage parents and young people to visit Kids Help Phone's Info Booth at kidshelpphone.ca to learn more about suicide.
Suicide: fast facts
Kids Help Phone's professional counsellors are available for interviews in time for World Suicide Prevention Day.
Please contact Elizabeth-Alice Worth to schedule an interview:
1-800-268-3062 ext. 8955
About Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is a Canadian and world leader, known for our expertise in providing vital, innovative, and professional counselling services to children and youth. Since 1989 we have offered children, teens and young adults in Canada a critical lifeline of hope and support, through our free, anonymous and confidential service. Our professional counsellors support the mental health and well-being of young people ages five to 20, in urban, rural, and remote communities, by providing one-on-one counselling, information and resources online and by phone. Our internationally recognized, award-winning websites are considered a model of child-focused interactive design, and offer online counselling forums and engaging, therapeutic games, tools and information to encourage resilience and self-care. A community-based national charity, Kids Help Phone receives no ongoing government funding or core operating support from any large funder and relies on community and corporate support to keep our essential service available. We're there for the *6.5 million young people in Canada, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in English and in French.
*Source: represents the age group Kids Help Phone serves (from five to 20) according to Statistics Canada, 2013.
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