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3/4/2017
Institute looks to recognize suicide behaviors
By Alex Pollock


Five Hamilton County residents between the ages of 15 and 24 committed suicide in 2015.

One in five high school students in Indiana have considered committing suicide.

The 2017 Kids Count Indiana Data Book shows Indiana teens have higher rates of suicidal thoughts than the national average, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for young adults in Indiana.

"These numbers should be a wake-up call for all of us," said Tami Silverman, President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.

The Institute sponsored an event in Carmel Thursday intended to teach community members how to better detect pre-suicidal behaviors in young people.

"Events like this suicide prevention training equip members of the community with that information so they can take positive intervention action when necessary," said Silverman.

The Youth Worker Café featured a message by Amy Burns, a trainer for the Zero Suicides in Indiana Youth Grant. The focus was on teaching attendees QPR.

"The workshop focuses on teaching a method known as 'QPR.' QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer," added Silverman. "These three simple steps can help anyone learn to respond to potential pre-suicide situations."

Suicides in Hamilton County, however, are not confined to the younger generation. Out of the total 38 suicides committed in Hamilton County in 2015, 20 of those were committed by people between the ages of 35 and 54.

"Suicide is a tragedy that transcends demographics. It can affect anyone, regardless of where they live, their race or socio-economic status. It can happen anywhere," Silverman said.

Events like this are crucial in educating community members, parents, coaches, and family members on how to spot the warning signs.

The Indiana Youth Institute is working with organizations like the Children's Bureau and Chaucie's Place to empower and educate the local community.

"Education is key for both teens and adults. We need to know how to respond to young people, what warning signs to look for, and how to jump in to help teens in trouble," said Silverman. "Young people who can see a future for themselves, even when they go through rough patches, are less likely to contemplate suicide. Be that adult who knows the warning signs and can step in before it's too late."







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