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Following School Suicide, National Children's Charity Issues Tips and Free Resources to Help Prevent 3rd Leading Cause of Death Among Youth
Date:3/7/2008

self-punishment

-- Anger at others

-- Act of defiance, punishment of survivors, or revenge

-- Means of gaining status or "fame"

-- Copycat intent - following a school suicide, the chance of a second one

increases by 300%

Spotting the Warning Signs

"There are a number of risk factors, signs and symptoms that might provide hints or clues that a child is contemplating or planning to attempt suicide," says Jodi Campbell of the KidsPeace Institute, which provides educational training to childcare workers. The most important signals to look out for are:

-- Prior history of attempted suicide or suicide by someone close to the

child

-- Writings about suicide (poems, stories, etc.)

-- Indirect threats ("I wish I was dead.") or direct threats ("I'm going

to kill myself.")

-- Preoccupation with death including:

-- Talking about death or compulsively thinking about and longing for a

dead person

-- Sudden, intense interest in religion and afterlife

-- Making final arrangements (writing a will, talking about their

funeral, etc.)

-- Giving away prized possessions

-- Creating artwork or writing or listening to music about death/dying

-- Visible changes in behavior, physical condition, thoughts, or

feelings such as withdrawal, isolation, or loss of interest in

social interaction

-- Diminished involvement in usual interests, activities, or hobbies

-- Increased risk-taking behaviors, recklessness, or aggressiveness

-- Decreased academic performance

-- Increased use of alcohol or drugs

-- Crying easily

-- Abrupt changes in appearance

-- Recent weight or appetite change

-- Change in sleep patterns

-- Exhaustion, extreme drowsiness

-- Inability to concentrate or think rationally

-- Exaggerated fears, extre
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