Steve Stewart Seminars/Choose Life is dedicated to the
topics of teen suicide - prevention and aftermath, and with surviving
losses in life. Our preferred audiences are high school and college
students. But if your campus is adjacent to a middle school where
students are able to walk over as a group to be seated, please
invite them as well. While you are in your PLANNING stage, please
teen feels the pressure to excel and produce, pressure to become
someone "spectacular," to be admired or envied, to
somehow be "Ahh-mazing." Every teen knows the
pain of being dumped by boyfriend/girlfriend, knows the feeling
of betrayal - or the penalty for wearing the "wrong"
brand of jeans or shoes to school.
of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Discussion of the
various causes and contributors to suicides of the young. Who
is at risk and why? What must be done to keep our kids alive
teen suicide (age-appropriate) (30 to 45 minutes):
- How large is
the suicide problem and why does this happen?
- How to keep
yourself inside/outside of the loop
- What risk
factors are important to notice in others, and what to do
- How to be a
friend to peers who need you
- What to do when
your friend is in trouble and makes you promise to keep
the secret (Isnt this obvious? It's NOT always
obvious to the teen.)
- VERY positive alternatives
Staff Development Training:
Identifying Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs
Risk factors tend to be reletively
permanent life conditions such as divorce and drug addictions.
If there is any change, it is usually slow. Warning signs
are more temporary conditions that arise such as a dramatic
chance in eating or sleeping. Where does cutting lay on
the spectrum? No one risk factor or warning sigh by itself is
conclusive. But in combinations and layers, you can find a collective
pattern that compels the observer NOT to look the other way.
Which factors and signs are more important? Why? What combinations
are more associated with tendencies toward suicidal attempts?
Fact: Talking about suicide with a person reduces the risk
of it happening. It does NOT plant ideas they didn't already
have. Talking about it removes the mystery and power of the idea.
of what teachers, administrators and staff can do to encourage
good mental health and know when to call the police/hospital?
How can faculty/staff help students help each other?
Recovery - After a Local Teen Suicide
the unspeakable has happened, how does a school or community
pull itself together, honor the dead and still move forward as
it must? If your community has recently lost a child to suicide,
or you want to make an honoring statement on an anniversary date,
we should talk about what you hope to accomplish.
we be talking about
a presentation to YOUR college or high school or middle school
teens, teachers and administrators BEFORE one of your students
to tell us, please!