Fredric Matteson is a counselor specializing in suicide and suicidal ideology.
He shares his top three myths and top three truths.
--Myth 1: Asking someone about suicide will cause him to become suicidal.
--Myth 2: Young children, ages 5 through 12, cannot be suicidal.
-- Myth 3: Suicides always happen in an impulsive moment.
--Truth 1: There is a language of suicide, a language that suicidal people speak.
--Truth 2: Suicide is a failed initiation: being suicidal is an identity crisis of the human spirit.
--Truth 3: Suicide is a symptom of an underlying problem - not depression.
Please check out these additional resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (this number is staffed 24 hours a day)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website: SuicidePreventionLifeline.org
Teen Link Helpline: 866-TEENLINK (866-833-6546) - this number is staffed from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm PST
Teen Link website: 866TeenLink.org
The Trevor Project (dedicated to helping those in the LGBTQ community): 866-488-7386
The Trevor Project website: www.TheTrevorProject.org
Crisis Text Line (24/7 text support from trained crisis counselors): CrisisTextLine.org
Center for Non-violent Communication by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg – www.cnvc.org
Inside Out Disney Movie
Seattle Young People’s Project – www.sypp.org (youth empowerment/legitimization of youth voice)
American Academy of Pediatrics – www.aap.org (suicide prevention, LGBTQ care)
Seattle Children’s – www.seattlechildrens.org (anxiety management, depression management)