Myths and truths of youth suicide

Fredric Matteson is a counselor specializing in suicide and suicide ideology.

Fredric Matteson is a counselor specializing in suicide and suicidal ideology.

He shares his top three myths and top three truths.

MYTHS:
--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.

TRUTHS:
--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

MyMindTalk.com

Seattle Young People’s Project – www.sypp.org (youth empowerment/legitimization of youth voice)

www.HealthyChildren.org (Media Plan also available in Spanish)

American Academy of Pediatrics – www.aap.org (suicide prevention, LGBTQ care)

Seattle Children’s – www.seattlechildrens.org (anxiety management, depression management)

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