Suicide Prevention  

  • Suicide is a complicated behavior. It is not caused by a single event such as a bad grade, an argument with parents, or the breakup of a relationship. 
  • In 90% of suicides there is an underlying mental disorder like depression or substance abuse.
  • Mental disorders affect the way people feel and prevent them from thinking clearly and rationally. Having a mental disorder is nothing to be ashamed of, and help is available.
  • What can you do?  If you are concerned about yourself or a friend, tell a trusted adult.  DON'T keep this a secret! GET HELP!
  • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention lists the risk factors for suicide and frequently asked questions.  
If you are a student in Murrieta Valley Unified School, please know that your school administrators and counselor are available to help you. 
 
You can also make an anonymous CALL to one of these numbers FOR HELP.
  • 1-951-686-4397 Western Riverside Suicide Prevention Helpline
  • 1-800-843-5200 California Youth Crisis Hotline
  • 1-800-273-8255  National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service
  • 1-866-488-7386 The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

Myth: Talking about suicide will prompt suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
Fact: Suicidal people want to live, but not under the prevailing circumstances.  Suicide is not about death, it's about trying to end the pain, but we know that the pain doesn't end, it is transferred to the living who are left to cope with the devastating loss. 
 
Myth: There is no link between alcohol/drug abuse and suicide.
Fact: There is a strong link between alcohol/drug abuse and suicide.  In fact, over 50% of youth who attempt suicide are under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time.  These substances lower a persons inhibitions and increase their impulsivity. 
 
Myth: Only professionals can help someone in a suicidal crisis.
Fact: ANYONE can and should help someone in a suicidal crisis by linking them to professionals.  It is often the people around the suicidal person that can make all the difference.
 
Myth: Talking about suicide will prompt suicidal thoughts or behaviors. 
Fact: Research shows that asking students about suicidal thoughts does not increase suicidal ideation or behavior. 
 
Myth: People who talk about suicide don't do it; it happens without warning.
Fact: Suicide is often thought out and communicated to others; sadly, the clues are often ignored.
 
 
 
 

Last Modified on December 18, 2013