Suicide is NEVER the Answer. Tragedy in Luzeren County, PA
By Dr. Nicole Yetter, Bullying and Education Consultant October 11, 2012
It is with an extremely heavy heart that I write this month’s blog. Tragedy has struck a small town in Northeastern, PA. In one week, the lives of four Luzerne County schoolchildren had ended from suicide. This senseless act reinforces the need for a call to action by everyone, not only in the Luzerne County region, but all across America. Sadly, many of the students claim that bullying and harassment may have played a role in the suicides of their classmates.
Suicide is never the answer! Suicide is preventable and talking about it can help save lives. In a recent Youth Risk Survey, 25% of teens have thought about suicide and 90% of those that did commit suicide have severe mental health or substance abuse issues. Children and adults need to know there is an outlet and someone will be there to listen.
If ever a student threatens to harm themselves in some way, offer these words of encouragement:
- “I want you to live.”
- “I’m on your side and care about you.”
- “We’ll get through this together.”
- “I am here to help.”
These words can help cut through the isolation and desolation they are feeling. Caring May Save A Life And Hope Begins With You!
On behalf of the CyberBully Hotline and myself, we send our sincere condolences to all those affected by this tragedy in Luzerne County and to all of those that may be struggling across America. Help is available, please don’t give up!
Join the CyberBully Hotline webinar: Suicide in School Community: Response and Recovery.
More suicide resources:
- 1-800-SUICIDE (Free and Confidential)
- 1-800-273-TALK (8255)