Stephanie Smith, Huckleberry House’s Crime Victim Specialist, reacts to a violent assault on a local 15-year old by her ex-boyfriend. Huckleberry House offers our support of this strong young woman and her family on the difficult road to healing. This story is tragic, heart-breaking, and shocking. However, for many teenagers and young women, the story […]
September was National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Just because September is over does not mean the conversation is over!
Suicide and suicidal ideation is a worldwide epidemic that affects a large number of young people and adults daily. Suicide does not only hurt one person — it also affects family, friends, acquaintances, and people whose names you might not even know.
Suicide prevention is the responsibility of all people. There are many warning signs present in suicidal individuals that, if noticed and acted upon early enough, can save their lives. The majority of people that are suicidal may show signs long before having suicidal thoughts. It is important to pay attention to your friends and family members and recognize changes in their behavior. The following are signs that you or your friend may need immediate help.
- Significant change in sleeping habits
- Feeling like life would be better off for everyone if you are no longer around
- No longer interested in friends or social activities
- Running away from home
- Feeling like the pressure of life is too much for you to handle
- Thinking or talking about death
- Feeling as if nothing will ever improve in your life
If you suspect someone you know to be suicidal or has expressed suicidal ideation, make sure to take the correct steps.
- Never leave someone who is actively suicidal alone, encourage them to keep talking
- If someone tells you they want to kill themselves take the threat seriously and reach out for help
- Tell a parent, teacher or someone you trust
- Contact Huckleberry House staff at 614-294-5553 (24/7)
- Contact The Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (24/7)
The 2017 Huck House Transitional Living Program (TLP) Bus Tour Challenge Last Friday, the Huck House Transitional Living Program (TLP) Team participated in the first-ever TLP Bus Tour Challenge. The challenge was designed by TLP manager Amanda Glauer. Despite her team’s loss, Amanda was happy about the day and everything the team learned. She answers […]
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death
Nearly 1 million people complete suicide each year
For every 1 person who completes suicide, approximately 20 more attempt suicide
- Suicide is preventable
- World Suicide Prevention Day was first recognized in 2003
- Recognize suicidal behavior
- Reach out to someone who may be struggling
- Reach out if you need help
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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This month the Huck House Blog will focus on suicide and mental health statistics, risk factors, warning signs and what to do if you, or someone you know, needs help.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in people ages 10 – 24
90% of people who die by suicide had a mental illness
20% of youth ages 13-18 have mental health condition
Mental health issues are burdened with unwarranted stigma and misconceptions. Ending the stigma could help so many teens and young adults who are contemplating suicide.
The first step to ending the stigma is educating yourself and others. Visit https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions for an overview of the most common mental health conditions.
On Saturday, June 17, about 50 Huck House youth, staff, and friends will march in the 2017 Pride Parade.
When one of our family counselors asked if he could put together a group to march in this year’s pride parade, “yes” was such an easy and automatic answer that we didn’t think too much about the question. We got to work registering and ordering t-shirts and adding rainbow items to our Amazon Wish List. Then, as we started talking to youth and staff about marching, they started sharing their answers to “Why should Huck House support Pride?” Here are two great responses. Read more
Anyone who meets Chi Chi knows instantly there is something special about her. She never gets down about her circumstances, but stays focused on creating a positive future for herself. Raised and adopted through the foster care system, she didn’t grow up in the easiest environment. When circumstances caused her to leave home and family […]
At the age of 17, Aniyha felt that she could become homeless at any moment due to intense conflict with her mother that often resulted in Aniyha being kicked out. Aniyha had lived with her mom since the age of 13 and never felt like her mom really wanted her in the home. Due to […]