Sep 12, 2012

Suicide Prevention Workshop (9/21)

Kaua'i CC Community / Students:

A Suicide Prevention Workshop will be offered by presentors: Gina Kaulukukui & Bridget Arume. In two hours learn how to become a suicide alert helper. You will learn clear and practical information on when and what to do. You will practice the TALK (Talk, Ask, Listen, and Keep safe) steps and conclude with practice in activating a suicide alert. safeTALK is the result of some twenty years of work in developing suicide prevention abilities in a short program. This training was designed for anyone over age 15.

DATE: Friday, September 21, 2012
PLACE: Campus Center Bldg. Cafeteria
TIME: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
RSVP: Frances Dinnan, Counselor, 245-8381,

Sponsored by the Prevent Suicide Kauai Task Force,
Sponsored by the Preventing Violence Against Women Task Force
Sponsored by ASUH-Kauai CC

According to a Honolulu Star Bulletin article dated 11/16/2007
"Suicide is considered the leading cause of injury death in Hawaii, according to the Injury Prevention & Control Program. That puts it above falls, motor vehicle accidents, poisoning, pedestrian accidents and drowning."

"About 123 people in Hawaii commit suicide every year, according to the Injury Prevention & Control Program. That is about one person every three days who commits suicide, state health officials said. And for every person who commits suicide, 12 people attempt to kill themselves."

American Association of Suicidology

In 2009 there were 36,909 suicides in the U.S. (100.8 per day, 1 suicide every 14.3 minutes).

This translates to an annual suicide rate of 12.0 persons in 100,000.

Suicide rates have traditionally decreased in times of war and increased in times of economic crisis.

Do you recognize any of the Warning Signs of Suicide?
Here's an Easy-to-Remember Mnemonic: IS PATH WARM?
    I   Ideation
    S  Substance Abuse

    P   Purposelessness
    A  Anxiety
    T  Trapped
    H  Hopelessness

    W Withdrawal
    A  Anger
    R  Recklessness
    M Mood Changes
A person in acute risk for suicidal behavior most often will show: Warning Signs of Acute Risk:
  • Threatening to hurt or kill him or herself, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill him/herself; and/or,
  • Looking for ways to kill him/herself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means; and/or,
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary.
These might be remembered as expressed or communicated ideation. If observed, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a referral.
NOTE: September 9-15, 2012 is National Suicide Prevention Week.

Posted by:
Frances Dinnan

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