by David Miller
LOVELAND, OHIO - Fran Hendrick is a Professional, Clinical Counselor - a Psychotherapist and personal development coach, with a convenient office in Historic Downtown Loveland. She agreed to sit down with me to have a conversation about teen suicide, a subject we mutually agreed was an important subject to begin discussing in our community. Below, you can watch the first part of the conversation we had last Friday morning at Fran’s Self Development Place at 210 West Loveland Avenue.
On the Self Development Place web site, Fran has posted links to four podcasts related to our discussion about teen suicide: Raising Depression-Resistant Kids, Why “Small” Things Can Ruin Your Day — and what you can do about it, Like Mother, Like Daughter, and Knowing When to Get Help.
Fran has offered these guidelines:
Signs of Depression
- A change in sleep patterns -- sleeping all the time or having difficulty sleeping at all
- A change in appetite -- eating constantly or having difficulty eating at all -- resulting in weight gain or loss
- A lack of enjoyment in activities that had been pleasurable
- Feeling irritable; having difficulty getting along with people
- Thinking about self harm or death
- Inability to focus
- Feeling inadequate, worthless, guilty
Warning Signs of Suicide
- Getting affairs in order -- giving possessions away, settling debts, saying goodbyes
- Expressing hopelessness -- whether talking directly about wanting to die or speaking despondently about not being able to cope; not seeing any hope of problems being resolved
- An increase in drug or alcohol use
- A sudden change in behavior. Sometimes negative behavior spikes, but also, a sudden sense of calm or peace can occur when a person has made a decision to end his or her life.
- A previous suicide attempt increases future risk.
- Themes of death that recur in the person's writing or artistic creations
Fran talks about “stressors.” She said that what constitutes a stressor is defined by the person's ability to cope. She said that it is important to build a child’s resilience so that they can face the stressors that inevitably occur.
- Illness, whether medical or psychiatric
- Being involved in substance use
- Family conflict and pressures
- Grief and loss -- whether the death of a friend or relative; the loss of a pet; or the changes associated with moving, changing schools, illness, etc.
- Academic pressure
- Social/peer pressure
- Feeling inadequate; low self-esteem
- Coming to terms with gender identity and sexual orientation, especially when peers or family are not supportive
- Being victimized; experiences of trauma and violence. An experience is traumatic if it overwhelms the person's ability to cope at that moment in time and development.
She highly recommends the resources you will find at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital web site if you wish to learn more about teen “Stressors” - Suicide Prevention Program / Surviving the Teens .
The Self Development Place offers counseling, coaching and classes.
Fran can be reached at 513-677-9800 or via E-Mail
Sign up for Invincible Voice, the free weekly teleclass the Self Development Place offers for "Depression-free Living."
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