The WordPress Family Award, Most Influential Blogger Award, and The Versatile Blogger Award all have different requirements that go along with accepting the award and passing the nomination to fellow bloggers. All acceptances must be linked back to the person (blog) who nominated you for the award. All request the award logo be posted in your blog when you accept the award. Because I am a “versatile” blogger, and an INTJ, I am modifying the other rules for nominees of these awards from through September 14, 2013. (That is the “official” end of Suicide Prevention Week – unless one references the Department of Defense, and the entire month of September is dedicated to Suicide Prevention Month. If you are military, veteran, federal, former federal, DOD, or want to extend the deadline to September 30, 2013, because more people might get the message – feel free to make it a month long campaign.) 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for 24/7 help if you or someone you know is suicidal.
Two of the awards require that I answer 11 questions. I modified the questions for my acceptance. Future participants (post-deadline, see above) may go back to the previous format. I will link to some blogs I would like to recognize with the awards, but I will not use all my nominations. So… if you read this and would like to accept an award, I ask you choose one award and 1. use the questions and answers as listed below, 2. do so by September 14, 2013 (or, see above), and 3. link back to this site. (The answers are cited and I want them kept intact since they provide information from people trained in suicide prevention and education. See how easy this is?)
Here are my questions and answers:
1. Is suicide really a problem among teens and young adults?
For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. It results in approximately 4600 lives lost each year. The top three methods used in suicides of young people include firearm (45%), suffocation (40%), and poisoning (8%).For every one death, there are approximately 25 attempts. (2009, cdc.gov)
2. How do you know if someone is suicidal?
There are many warning signs of suicide.
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing their use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
3. Will I make someone kill themselves by asking if they are suicidal?
No, you will not. You will be offering them the opportunity to discuss how they feel. Do not hesitate to contact a qualified support center for assistance. There are many factors to be assessed and professionals are trained for this. Please: Do not put yourself in harm’s way and do not hesitate to call 911 if danger is immediate. Do not “promise” to keep this a secret.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) is a 24/7 hotline and referral source.
4. You mention “risk factors”. Are those different than symptoms of suicidal behavior?
Yes. Those are circumstances in someone’s life that may make them more prone to suicidal behavior. They can include:
- Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and certain personality disorders
- Alcohol and other substance use disorders
- Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
- History of trauma or abuse
- Major physical illnesses
- Previous suicide attempt
- Family history of suicide
- Job or financial loss
- Loss of relationship
- Easy access to lethal means
- Local clusters of suicide
- Lack of social support and sense of isolation
- Stigma associated with asking for help
- Lack of health care, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
- Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
- Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)
5. Are people who are not 10-24 years of age NOT at risk for suicide?
People of all ages are at risk, and the same risk factors, the same symptoms apply to the majority of people. I focused on this age range because a type of violence (accidents, suicide, and intentional harm by others) are the main cause of death in this age range (with a few exceptions.) Source: cdc.gov
Two excellent general resources for learning more about people who are at risk for suicidal behavior, and how to help:
6. I want to nominate someone for an award. I admire their blog very much but they don’t accept awards. What should I do?
Nominate and notify them of the award, and tell them to “Suck it up, Accept an Award, and Save a Life.” Of course, you are free to use your own words, since the above quote is from an INTJ who has been dealing with suicide, dead and dying kids, and statistics for the past 2 weeks. (Offer to throw in the frozen life preserver pictured in Part 1 as an added incentive.)
I am nominating the following bloggers for what they have added to my short six month blogging journey. If you don’t accept awards, please see #6. And if I miss someone unintentionally, please, please, take an award. You will be glad you passed along this message in full, not just as a re-blog. (Of course, feel free to edit anything but the Q and A.)
Most Influential Blogger Award
The Versatile Blogger
WordPress Family Award
For international links: https://annesquared.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/a-sincere-apology-to-my-readers-and-award-nominees/