Health and Wellness:
Reasons 2 Believe will provide educational curriculum and activities that will address
suicide prevention. We are also providing tools for both the youth and parents to
address bullying. Below are some alarming statistics regarding suicide in our area.
• According to the Center for Disease Control, 4600 youth ages 10-24 lose their lives
to suicide year.
• Suicide is the second leading cause of deaths for ages 10-14.
• Suicide in 2017 in Missouri ages 10-19 (75) kids lost their lives
• Suicide in 2017 in Kansas ages 10-19 (99) kids lost their lives.
• Kansas ranks 8th in the nation for highest suicide rates
• Missouri ranks 17th in the nation for highest suicide rates
With these high numbers of youth deaths due to suicide we believe we can make a
difference by giving parents and students tools to prevent suicide through knowledge,
intervention and counsel .
According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, 1 in 5 high school students get
recommended levels of physical activities. The lack
of exercise can contribute to type 2 diabetes,
several cancers, obesity and many other
associated illness that cost $117 billion in health
Kids are not getting enough physical exercise. R2B
will promote and increase physical fitness for
youth with online and in-person physical activities
through exercise games and challenges with a
reward system that will motivate kids to increase
their physical activity.
Mental and Emotional Health
Our qualified team of volunteers will work
with students to provide a safe and
encouraging environment so that students
feel free to share their emotional concerns .
We will advise the child in a safe and
non-clinical manner on how to address the
Help Them Feel Connected
Depression can lead to isolation. Loneliness is a common experience with 80% of the population under 18 years of age. A lack of interaction and connection can worsen depression symptoms. Obviously, you can’t make your child have friends or force them to socialize. Some children find it hard to socially interact and make the first move with new friends. That’s why this subject matter is delicate and takes time. You can:
Inspire your child to join a club at school or attend activities
Give them ideas on attending various social events
Encourage play dates and sleepovers at your house
Organize family gatherings
Whatever makes your child stay in contact with people will help. Just remember, don’t leave loneliness unattended. It won’t go away on its own.
In order to help your child battle depression, you need to be alert and ready to react. Do your best to provide a supportive home environment and a great example; listen, talk and encourage.
By making sure you have a healthy and open relationship with your child, you’ll be able to help them overcome depression.
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Suicide Warning Signs
According to the American Association of Suicidology, the warning signs of suicide can include:
Having thoughts of committing suicide, threatening to hurt himself, looking for a way to hurt himself, writing about death, and other types of suicidal ideation
Increased substance abuse, including abuse of alcohol and drugs
Feelings of purposelessness or that they have no reason to live
Feeling trapped like there is no way out of current situations or problems
Feelings of hopelessness
Withdrawal from friends and family and usual activities
Feeling uncontrolled anger and rage or wanting revenge against someone
Acting reckless and impulsive
Having dramatic mood changes
If you think that your teen has any of the warning signs for suicide, don't ignore them. Trust your instincts and either try to get more information or seek additional help.
In addition to all of the teens who successfully commit suicide, there are many more who attempt suicide.
Experts estimate that 20 to 25% of teens admit to thinking about suicide at some time in their lives and for every suicide, there are between 5 to 45 suicide attempts.
That makes it even more important for parents, pediatricians, and everyone else that is regularly around teenagers to understand how to try and prevent suicides, such as:
Recognizing the risk factors and warning signs for suicide
Calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if you need advice on talking to your teen who you think may have suicide warning signs
Seeking professional help, such as your pediatrician, a child psychiatrist, a psychiatric hospital, or emergency room if you think your child is going to hurt himself
Making sure that guns and medications aren't easily available in your home if your teen might be suicidal
Getting teens professional help if they have depression and/or anxiety, which are often thought to be the biggest risk factors for suicide
You should also make sure that your kids know that they can ask for help if they ever think about hurting themselves, including calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, calling their doctor, calling 911, or going to a local crisis center or the emergency room.