LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention Presentation

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This presentation is being used as part of a suicide prevention initiative in Provo, Utah. It was developed by Rachel Peterson, MS, based on best practices. More info on the project may be found at http://lgbtqyouth.org/resources/lgbtq-youth-suicide/pilot-prevention-project
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  • 1. Preventing Suicide among LGBTQ Youth
  • 2. •  asdfsd
  • 3. And now….SCIENCE! Is sexual orientation a choice? Sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Conversion Therapy is unethical.
  • 4. •  Homelessness •  Health disparities •  Victimization and trafficking •  Suicide LGBTQ Youth Experience: Which can Lead to: •  Bullying (school) •  Family Rejection (home) •  Hostile Climate (community)
  • 5. Chronic stress related to harassment and fear of being outed leads to increased levels of anxiety and depression among LGTBQ youth. This puts them at high risk for suicide. - CWLA Guidelines According to a survey of LGBTQ youth in Northern Utah, 62% had attempted suicide, the majority more than once.
  • 6. {Lets you in}When someone comes out to you •  Just LISTEN •  Show interest and care •  Match their words •  Mirror their emotions •  KEEP INFORMATION DISCLOSED CONFIDENTIAL
  • 7. What is an ? A person of any sexual orientation or gender identity who supports and honors diversity in gender and orientation, who works toward combating homophobia and transphobia, and is willing to explore and understand these forms of bias within him/ her/themself. •  Don’t make assumptions about someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity (JUST LISTEN!) •  Remember that LGBTQ people are a diverse group •  Stand up! Express support for LGBTQ people and confront derogatory statements, even when you don’t think there is an LGBTQ person around
  • 8. Language is of Key Importance Words to AVOID •  Lifestyle •  Homosexual •  Sexual preference •  Transgendered, Transsexual, Transvestite •  They, them, their •  “What are your pronouns?” •  “Partner,” “Are you seeing someone?”
  • 9. Don’t be afraid to say, "I don't understand, but I want to be respectful of you." Being a good ally does not mean that you never get confused or make mistakes. It means that you are doing everything in your power to learn and act in a respectful way, always - even when you don't understand.
  • 10. Preventing Suicide
  • 11. Warning Signs for Suicide Signs of Suicide CRISIS •  Talking about wanting to die to to kill oneself •  Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining a gun •  Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live Immediately call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1 (800) 273-TALK, or a mental health professional Suicide Prevention Resource Center. (2014, July). Suicide prevention among LGBT youth: A workshop for professionals who serve youth. [Rev. ed.]. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.
  • 12. Warning Signs These behaviors may indicate a serious, immediate risk, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, and/or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. •  Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain •  Talking about being a burden to someone(s) •  Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs •  Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly Suicide Prevention Resource Center. (2014, July). Suicide prevention among LGBT youth: A workshop for professionals who serve youth. [Rev. ed.]. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.
  • 13. Warning Signs These behaviors may indicate a serious, immediate risk, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, and/or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. •  Sleeping too much or too little •  Withdrawing or feeling isolated •  Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge •  Displaying extreme mood swings Suicide Prevention Resource Center. (2014, July). Suicide prevention among LGBT youth: A workshop for professionals who serve youth. [Rev. ed.]. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.
  • 14. When Someone may be Suicidal but is not in immediate danger •  Be aware and watchful for warning signs •  Become available, show interest and support •  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a great resource if you are worried about someone (800) 273-TALK •  Stay calm http://www.take5tosavelives.org
  • 15. What to Say “I’m here, you’re not alone.” [LISTEN] “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” “I care about you.”
  • 16. What NOT to Say 1.  Your life is not that bad. 2.  Would you really hurt me like that? 3.  Suicide is selfish. 4.  Suicide is cowardly. 5.  You don’t mean that. 6.  You have so much to live for. 7.  Things could be worse. 8.  Other people have worse problems than you, and they don’t want to die. 9.  Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. 10. You will go to hell if you die by suicide. http://www.speakingofsuicide.com/2015/03/03/what-not-to-say/ 10 Things Not to Say to a Suicidal Person © Copyright 2015 Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW,
  • 17. How to get help for someone who is suicidal •  Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills •  Get help by reaching out to someone you trust (teacher, counselor, family member) •  When the person is no longer at immediate risk, help them make an appointment to see a mental health professional as soon as possible •  Do not leave the person alone until they have received professional help and the risk of suicide has dissipated •  Continue to check in with the person regularly
  • 18. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK UNI Crisis Line (U of U) (801) 587-3000 Trevor Lifeline (support for LGBTQ youth) (866) 488-7386
  • 19. Contact Us Rachel Peterson, MS rachelpetersonms@gmail.com Marian Edmonds Allen, Mdiv marian.edmonds@gmail.com
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