American Foundation, Thirty Sixty Minute, Twelve Month discussed on Dr. Drew Podcast

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Sleep, chronic pain. You know, all and and also the shifting things that are going on in our lives at all times. All of that actually has to do with and feeds into a suicide risk assessments to the average person to if they're around someone who is heavy suicidal thoughts. Right. Well, you know, a lot of education now is going on as you probably know with things like mental health first-aid at the American Foundation for suicide prevention, we have a program called talk saves lives that in a thirty sixty minute impersonal program. We actually teach people the basics of what is the science. Tell us that that risk warning signs what constitutes preventive actions. And then we say every person has a role to play in preventing suicide. So it's not just relegated to mental health professionals or even just the health system period. Go that looks like. Yeah. Well, okay. So let's say that I mean, you can think of any any type of relationship, but let's say that you're a parent, and you're worried about a teen child in your home. You know mean that's a very very specific situation and one where I think a lot of us with teenagers pr-. Probably have have felt like, you know, how do we tell the difference between normal teenage angst and win something becomes much more serious in terms of suicide risk. And of course, with the teen rate of suicide going up, we do need to be much more vigilant. But you know, the main thing is to open up a caring conversation where the person is allowed to talk and to talk about what they're actually experiencing inside. So sometimes as parents and whatever role, you know, spouse sibling, co worker friend. It's not we haven't necessarily been trained with active listening skills about how to create that safe space and encourage the person to open up and explain what it is. They're viewing experiencing and they're not going to put it in mental health terms necessarily. They're going to be talking about the the feelings the stressors there under the situation. You know, we live our lives in. It's always pinned to the situation that we're in whether it's work stress or financial. Dress or relationships, but the key thing is really getting them to talk. Listening carefully for indications that again, they're not gonna put it out on a silver platter for you. But if they start talking about feeling overwhelmed trapped or especially like their feeling like a burden on other people. That's one of the great cognitive distortions of the suicidal mind. Is that people actually believe that their loved ones in the world would be better off without them. And again, they're not gonna put it that way necessarily. But you might get little glimpses that that's how they're feeling to that point. That's what I know. You very serious trouble. Yes. Exactly. And you know, so at that point, I think it is fine for people to ask their loved ones does use their language. You're telling me about the stress going on, you know, at school or with that situation with the bully at work, whatever it is. Does it ever get so bad that you think of ending your life? And if they say. Yes. That had I have had that thought. Then again, don't shut it down and call nine one one unless they are in the act of harming themselves. Let them talk probe it further realized that suicidal thoughts are actually fairly common like as in one in five high school students in a twelve month period is having pretty serious suicidal thoughts. Most of them do not go on to act and to attempt but them being able to talk about it may actually help them feel a sense of hope feel that somebody now knows and cares about them..

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