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    Default First we were told to child-proof our homes,

    as parents with young children...

    Now the new thing is to... SUICIDE-PROOF your homes...


    Make Your Home Suicide-Proof: HEALTH Launches Campaign to Educate Parents About Youth Suicide

    Most parents appreciate the importance of childproofing or fireproofing their homes. However, many parents of teens may not realize the simple steps that they can take to insure that their homes are suicide-proof.

    The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), in conjunction with The Center to Prevent Youth Violence (CPYV) is launching a campaign to help educate parents about the dangers of firearms or prescription medications being in the home may pose and the potential that teens may use them to attempt suicide.

    The Suicide-Proof Initiative is a statewide campaign including TV and radio public service announcements, as well as educational materials being distributed through partners such as pediatricians, family physicians, mental health clinicians and schools. The campaign also includes a newly launched website, www.suicideproof.org that features valuable information on how to suicide-proof your home and provides access to downloadable brochures and posters in English and Spanish.

    “Simple, practical actions combined with providing a strong support network for teens can help keep kids safer,” said Director of Health Michael Fine, MD. “Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Rhode Islanders ages 15 to 24. Prescription drugs are one of the most common methods of intentional injuries for teens. Parents should keep prescription medications in a secure location and should safely discard any unused or expired medications.”

    “CPYV is very pleased to be partnering with HEALTH on this vitally important initiative,” said CPYV Executive Director and Co-Founder Dan Gross. “We need to educate parents about the very real things we can all do to help prevent more tragic suicides. In four out of five youth suicides involving firearms, the weapon was owned by a family member. Parents need to know that just by removing or locking a firearm they can greatly reduce the risk of a suicide in their home. It is very gratifying to know that this initiative will help make homes safer and, ultimately, will help save lives.”

    For information about other suicide prevention efforts in Rhode Island, visit http://www.health.ri.gov/violence/about/suicide.

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    Suicide-Proof Your Teen (as Much as You Can)
    by Lenore Skenazy (Subscribe to Lenore Skenazy's posts)
    Mar 1st 2011 11:00AM

    Okay, here's the terrible news: A 2009 study of New York City public high school students found one in 10 had attempted suicide, and 3.4 percent got so far as to require medical attention. I wish I could say I'm shocked by this, but I know two teens from wonderful families who made a recent suicide attempt.

    One is no longer with us.

    So the issue becomes: What should we parents be doing about this? Three things:

    The first is to sort of "suicide proof" our homes, says Alan Ross, executive director of The Samaritans of New York, a suicide prevention center. This may seem drastic, but it makes sense. Just like we babyproof when our young kids are in danger of accidents, we can protect our older kids by making it a lot harder for them to harm themselves. That means locking up medicine, toxic liquids like drain cleaners, and, especially, guns. Don't make it easy to die.

    Then, says Ross, "Be attentive." By this he means to be on the lookout for any signs of a change in our kids. Everyone has good days and bad ones, of course. But when the bad days last for two weeks -- or when we can see that there has been a change in our child's eating, dressing, or sleeping habits, or something else new, like constant headaches, it is time to be on the alert.

    Being alert means that, even if you haven't done it until now, it is time to have "The Talk" with our kids. No, not the talk about sex. The one about suicide.

    It's easiest to open this conversation by comparing mental health to physical health. So you can start by pointing out that being sick is normal. When someone gets a cold or a flu or even pneumonia, they know to get some help. For a cold, they take a cough drop. For pneumonia, they'd see a specialist.

    Similarly, tell your kid you can have the mental equivalent of a cold, flu or pneumonia. Sometimes when you feel really bad, you might even think of suicide. (Yes, actually say that word out loud. Break the taboo!)

    Tell your children that when they feel bad, mood-wise, they can always ask for help from you, a teacher or some other trusted adult. Throw in the fact that, "If you have a friend who feels this way," your child should inform an adult, too. Even if your kid promised not to. Better a broken secret than a dead friend.

    Once you let your kids know that they can reach out for help, tell them the truth: Seeking help is a sign of intelligence and strength. It's the opposite of weakness.

    Ignoring suicide doesn't make it go away. Take action.
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    What the fuck is going on???
    "It doesn't mean that much to me to mean that much to you..." -Neil Young

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace Ventura View Post
    What the fuck is going on???
    Nanny Government...
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    Sometimes people with good intentions have too much money given to them and we get things like this. Probably a good idea to not have prescriptions meds or guns laying around the house if you have kids. I think this is kind of assumed by most people. Same with baby proofing a house. I didn't need govt to tell me that putting a gate at the top of the stairs was a smart idea. But maybe some people need to be reminded. Sadly, it probably cost several million dollars for them to put these recommendations together.

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    They forgot the recommendation to remove belts and other things that could be used for hanging, as it seems whenever I read about a teen checking out, that's the way they go...

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    OK I see their point, the statistics are frightning, but as parents I think we all know commonsense rules. Talk to your kids, know your kids & that should hopefully negate any need to "suicide proof" your home. Hell I know a steady diet of rock'n'roll & An education on right & wrong kept me on track.

 

 

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