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bullying and suicide awareness

articles and resources compiled by the National Family Life Education Directors

be a champion against bullying

raise awareness :

Get involved as a champion against bullying by organizing activities and distributing information that raises awareness of bullying prevention.

You can use the articles presented here and other information from the resources listed on this page to make everyone knowledgeable of their roles in preventing bullying.

We encourage you to develop HYPU and YPI sessions to periodically discuss bullying and the prevention thereof with your young people throughout the year.

resources :

- StopBullying.gov
- StopBullying-Faith Leaders Guide
- Committee for Children - Resources
- CDC Prevent Bullying
- Pacer's Bullying Prevention Center

statistics :
from StopBullying.gov

Bullying can affect everyone: those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying.
- When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time.
- 28% of U.S. students in grades 6 - 12 experienced bullying.
- 20% of U.S. students in grades 9 - 12 experienced bullying.
- Approximately 30% of young people admit to bullying others in surveys.
- 70.4% of school staff have seen bullying.

suicide prevention is everyone's business

never think that suicide is the answer
by Pastor James Neely

Problems that cause suicide are usually temporary ones. Unfortunately suicide is a permanent solution to these temporary troubles. Life's difficulties can be extremely painful and may appear to last forever. However, there is hope and better times do happen. People who are distressed and depressed need help.

You don't have to be a mental health professional to help someone who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts. You can be informed and available to both youth and adults who want to talk about the issues of suicide By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, you can prevent suicidal thoughts. I hope this article will encourage positive conversations and healthy behaviors to "live and not die". Also, there is a concern that discussing suicide issues could have negative outcomes for some youth. Therefore, prayer, faith, and caring behavior on behalf of everyone is important.

Spread information about suicide intervention and prevention, take action and make an impact in someone's life. Become aware and prepare to improve a situation that may stop suicidal thoughts.

Although no one can predict with 100% accuracy who will attempt suicide and when, the following RISK FACTORS and WARNING signals may indicate a risk of suicide. Generally speaking, the more warning signs present, the greater the risk of suicidal thoughts. If you or someone you know exhibits any of Warning Signs listed below, seek help by calling the Toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

know the risk factors :

Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. These risk factors don't cause or predict a suicide attempt. However, It is important to be aware of them (Mental disorders, particularly mood swings, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders).
1.  Alcohol and other substance use disorders
2.  Hopelessness
3.  Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
4.  History of trauma or abuse
5.  Major physical illnesses
6.  Previous suicide attempt(s)
7.  Family history of suicide
8.  Job or financial loss
9.  Loss of relationship(s)
10. Easy access to lethal means
11. Local clusters of suicide
12. Lack of social support and sense of isolation
13. Stigma associated with asking for help
14. Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
15. Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
16. Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)

know the warning signs :

Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide.
1.  Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
2.  Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
3.  Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
4.  Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
5.  Talking about being a burden to others
6.  Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
7.  Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
8.  Sleeping too little or too much
9.  Withdrawing or isolating themselves
10. Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
11. Extreme mood swings

additional resources :

- Suicide Prevention Quick Reference
- Suicide Prevention-Youth
- CDC Suicide Prevention

About Family Life Education (FLE)

Pastor James and First Lady Margaret Neely are the directors of the National Family Life Education Department of the Fire Baptized Holiness Church.

FLE is any organized effort to provide family members with information, skills, experiences, and intended to strengthen, improve or enrich their family experience through participation in these 3 fundamental areas:

  • EDUCATION - FLE takes an educational rather than therapeutic approach.
  • COLLABORATION - FLE is based on the needs of individuals and their families through professionals and family members collaborating together.
  • PREVENTION - FLE is relevant to individuals and families throughout their life span because it focuses on prevention.

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