SUICIDE AND YOUNG PEOPLE AT RISK
Suicide is the second cause of death in young people in the United Kingdom, and 19,000 young people every year, actually attempt suicide because they cannot see any other solution to their problems.
In 2004 alone there were 277 suicides amongst children and young people between the ages of 5 and 24 years old, in England and Wales, with suicide in young men increasing.
Suicide is often linked to stress caused by, for example, exams, bullying, abuse and relationship problems and the Government’s White Paper, ‘Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation’ sets the target of reducing the death rate from suicide by at least 20% by the year 2010.
The consequences of suicide are devastating for the family, friends and professionals working with a young person who commits suicide; this workshop focuses on an overview of suicide and suicidal behaviour and how it affects families and workers. It will examine causes, predictors, and methods of identifying suicidal behaviour.
The aims of this workshop are to:
- Identify the specific behaviours that young people manifest when they are in a pre-suicidal phase or a high risk for suicide and identify specific underlying thought patterns that influence these behaviours
- Recognise the needs of young people who are suicidal
- Explore various interventions of working with young people who are suicidal - skills development
- Explore how personal feelings concerning suicide and attempted suicide can affect workers
- Develop skills in responding appropriately to those who have been bereaved by suicide
- To help participants understand the value of self nurture.