Youth suicide, putting an end to received ideas


No, talking about suicide to a distressed young person will not encourage them to act. “On the contrary, talking about the problem clearly with him can relieve him and push him to express his discomfort.” So get out of the specter of contagion that often brandishes to censure the subject. No, either, a young person’s suicide is not a cold, determined, impossible choice. First, the individual in question wants to escape from immense suffering rather than actually die. It is mostly ambivalent until the end and the fatal gesture can be suspended at any moment. Do not be afraid of discomfort Therefore, one should not leave the person alone out of modesty, for fear of discomfort or a feeling of helplessness. never You need to make her talk, get her excited, occupy her with an activity (walking, cooking) that allows her to feel surrounded if she doesn’t want to talk, because the feeling of being alone in the world “with an unbearable weight”. within” is often the final trigger. Also read: “Stromae destigmatizes suicidal thoughts” These are the unequivocal instructions that Stop Suicide conveyed last Wednesday through We, an interactive show and debate organized at the Geneva Salons. The association of Geneva, active in prevention for twenty-two years, began by giving the latest figures on the subject and they are not reassuring.Children under 15 were also concerned If the overall suicide rate fell in Switzerland in 2020 (972 suicides against 1018 in 2019), increased among 15-29 year olds: 138 young people committed suicide this year there, compared to 125 the previous year. . In particular, there were seven suicides among minors of 15 years (six girls, one boy) compared to two in 2019 and zero in 2018. “It is this number that is the most worrying, especially because the harmful effects of the pandemic are expected by 2021, or until all 2022″, worried Fabienne Bugnon, godmother of the association Therefore, we redouble our efforts in prevention and awareness, launched the speakers, including Christina Kitsos, administrative advisor of Geneva, responsible for the Department of Social Cohesion and Solidarity. Invited to listen to the wishes of students between 10 and 12 years old as part of Children’s Rights Day last November, the politician was shocked by their requests. A place to talk “On the one hand, they would like to have a place of their own where they can talk to psychiatrists without the school or their parents knowing. On the other hand, they would like to find a way to show them their emotion of the moment, so that others can see what they feel without having to express it”, answered the magistrate. Read more: The blog Stop Suicide Two really unusual requests that echo the show of the committed theater company Anou (for “Ens toca jugar”) directed by the intrepid Laure Bacchiocchi. Also there a new idea received dragged by the painful story of Mathilde and Mathieu, which is represented on stage: in 2021, going to see a psychiatrist is still not a procedure. “I’m not crazy!” Mathieu exclaims when his best friend and his sister invite him to consult, because, completely distraught, the young man confides that he no longer has the feeling of “being an actor in his life”. The psychologist, another scarecrow? In the courtroom, we pinch ourselves so much that we have the impression that young people go to the psychiatrist like they go to the dentist, but this is probably only true for a privileged part of the population. In addition, Stop Suicide’s 2022 campaign is dedicated precisely to “the destigmatization of mental health care,” because, director Raphaël Thélin points out, “many people still have preconceived notions about psychiatry and therapies, and this prevention has the effect of dissuading people with difficulties from seeking help”. In this sense, Raphaël Thélin welcomes the choice of the show Nous, which shows how two young people in the form of a mirror come out of their dark thoughts thanks to their peers (the parents are not only absent, but are evoked as real balls!) by the Department of Public Instruction in Neuchâtel that will be offered to all high school students. “This systematization is very beneficial, because, beyond financial means, we often lack access to affected young people. In Geneva, for example, the Stop Suicide association is requested by the most motivated teachers, but is not an established partner of the DIP. Youth and eco-objectivity Small shovel in the to which Pascal Freydier, director of the Child and Adolescent Health Service, present in the room, responded indicating that the Geneva DIP is multiplying the initiatives aimed at “strengthening young people’s emotional skills, which are all protective factors”. “Geneva is also, after Ticino, the canton of Switzerland where young people commit suicide the least,” said Aglaé Tardin, a cantonal doctor invited to the debate. He went on to observe that while covid had increased the dark ideas of young people, it had also allowed them to develop “their capacity for introspection and their empowerment”. “In the same register, when we say that 84% of the world’s young people suffer from eco-anxiety, could we not rather say that they show eco-objectivity?”, asks the doctor, concerned to restore this population’s ability to mobilize. In this regard: At La Plage des Six Pompes: “We are the scammed generation” Switzerland unaffected In the ball of ideas received, this time again: Switzerland is not the country in the world where the most suicides occur, this sad record it has Lesotho, with 87.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. “With 10.4 cases, our country is within the European average of 11.7 cases,” reports Stop Suicide. Another piece of good news is that the youth suicide rate, which skyrocketed in our country in the 1980s, has since tripled. Also read: Dark thoughts of young people, difficulty in naming a psychiatrist, stubborn clichés: the mental health of the Swiss under the magnifying glass That said, with its 138 cases in 2020, this act remains the main cause of death among 15-29 year olds . year olds Finally, 73% of these young suicides are male, while the rate of suicide attempts is inversely proportional, with approximately 75% of female attempts not carried out. An investment due, in particular, to the difference in the methods used to commit suicide. Right to receive help What do you remember from the afternoon? The importance of peer support and the right to receive support. “Every child must grow up with the idea that they have the right to ask for help, that it is neither a shame nor a burden”, repeated several voices, moved and moved, from the Assembly. Need help or just talking? Contact the following telephone numbers: – Pro Juventute (listening and counseling for young people): 147 – La Main Tendue (listening and counseling for adults): 143 The play Nous can be seen on October 16, at 7 pm, at the UNIL, in Lausanne; November 5 and 11, at 8 p.m., at UNIGE and December 6, at HUG, in Geneva.
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