Suicide

Why People Die of Suicide

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No wonder we’re confused about why people die of suicide. Many suicide prevention organizations and professionals state that over 90% of suicide victims have a significant psychiatric illness at the time of their death. Often these are undiagnosed, untreated, or both, including mood disorders and substance abuse. Thomas Joiner, a psychologist who has written Why People Die by Suicide and Myths about Suicide, goes even further, to propose that 100% of people who die of suicide have a mental disorder because we’re wired to survive, not to take our lives.

Annual International Healing Program for Bereavement After Suicide - November 19

Program Features a Teen Who Lost A Parent to Suicide
On-line, interactive program featured

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will host its 13th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day on Saturday, November 19. Individuals, organizations, and schools in hundreds of cities around the world offer this high-quality program directly to community members at little or no cost by hosting a local conference site. AFSP provides a free 90-minute educational and healing DVD, featuring a diverse group of survivors of suicide loss who talk about coping with grief after suicide. This year, for the first time, the program includes a teen survivor who shares her experience of losing a family member to suicide.  Learn how to bring this program to your community at www.afsp.org/survivorconference

Focus on Suicide and Helping Children and Teens

Coping with suicide is extremely painful and confusing for anyone, but it is particularly difficult for children and teenagers. Because suicide is sudden, unexpected and traumatic, children often need a lot of support to navigate the many emotions and fears that they have in the wake of their loved one’s death.

Suicide Resources

With special thanks to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention www.afsp.org

 

Books/Articles to use when helping children:

Children of suicide: The telling and the Knowing. Albert C. Cain, Psychiatry, Summer 2002. Vol. 65, Issue 2, pages 124-137. This is a research overview, easily understood for laypeople. 

Learning Opportunities Sponsored by NAGC Members

All around the country there are opportunities to learn, share and network with colleagues.  Here are some of the opportunities sponsored by NAGC members.

August 5 to 7, 2011: 2011 National Conference on College Student Grief hosted by National Students of AMF. Learn more.

October 6 to 7, 2011: 2nd Annual National Bereavement Camp Conference sponsored by the Moyer Foundation/Camp Erin. Learn more.

October 15 to 21, 2011:  International Fall Training Institute sponsored by the Center for Grieving Children. Learn more.

November 11-12, 2011 (Syracuse, NY) or December 2-3, 2011 (Boston, MA): Facilitating Suicide Bereavement Support Groups for Children and Teens presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in partnership with NAGC member The Dougy Center. Learn more.

Important New Resource Now Available. After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in partnership with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center have developed a free, downloadable toolkit for schools to use in the aftermath of a suicide.

This practical, information-packed guide includes:

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools

 

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in partnership with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center have developed a free, downloadable toolkit for schools to use in the aftermath of a suicide.

This practical, information-packed guide includes:

How to tell children about suicide

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SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education is a co-founding member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention. 

SAVE's website provides resources on coping with the death of someone by suicide including materials on what to tell children about suicide including actual language to use for different ages.  Here are some resources on their website:

Compassionate Friends Conference to be Held in Washington, DC Area

The Compassionate Friends is holding their annual international conference July 2 - 4, 2010 in the Compassionate Friends conference logoWashington, DC area.  They have some great speakers lined up.  Here are some highlights.

Gordon Smith, a two-term U.S. Senator and now president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters. He experienced the death of his son Garrett to suicide while Garrett was attending college. Gordon wrote the book Remembering Garrett, One Family’s Battle with a Child’s Depression and was successful in having the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act enacted authorizing $82 million for suicide-prevention and awareness programs at colleges.

Maria Housden is author of Hannah’s Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived, the best-seller in which Maria shares the lessons in living she received during the last year of her three-year-old daughter’s courageous, but losing, struggle with cancer. Hannah’s Gift has been translated into more than 15 languages.

Suicide Data Resource

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An estimated 31,000 suicides occur annually in the United States (Hoyert, Kung & Smith, 2005). Assuming that each fourth suicide leaves behind one child (Small & Small, 1984) over 7,000 children experience the loss of a parent to suicide annually.

Hoyert, D., Kung, H-C., & Smith, B. L. (2005). Deaths, preliminary data for 2003. National Vital Statistics Reports, 53(15), Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics.

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