Early Onset of Death / Suicide Prevention for American Youth Proposals

Early Onset of Death & Suicide Prevention
with a Special Emphasis for Children and Young Adults

Points To Consider:

1. Suicide, as well as other terminal physical and mental illnesses, can be prevented.

2. It is usually not beneficial to determine “fault” when someone dies; rather we could react in a more beneficial, compassionate, medical and scientific, and responsible manner(s).

3. Taking one’s own life is often a sign of illness (Therefore, suicide would not mean eternal damnation. Sickness, not free-will, is the proximate cause of death).

4. There is a broad stigma against receiving mental health care throughout the United States. Furthermore, often restrictive insurance rules work against receiving assistance or coverage for mental health care services or medication.

5. Friendships are essential. My Mom said that you cannot have too many good friends.

6. How much can an individual actually understand about their dire situation or that of a loved one?

7. Worthwhile after-school activities, weekend chores, and safe escapades are very important.

For instance throughout Northern California there is a stigma and many misunderstandings and great anger toward homeless people – both adults and children. Those homeless are often forced into a less-than-human lifestyle. Granted, there are some men and women who elect to be homeless.
Many who do not understand homeless people, exhibit hatred, or stigmatize others may call them asses or other inappropriate names.

Reasons for choosing this homeless lifestyle may be as noble as to reduce their “carbon footprint” on the environment, reduce the level of stress and responsibilities, save money, or to hide from something in their past.

SUGGESTIONS FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA

• Cal-Train / San Mateo Transit Agency / Southern Pacific Railroad MUST lead by taking immediate action.

• All transit police agencies – including Bay Area Rapid Transit police – need to act professionally and responsibly, as soon as possible.

• City of Menlo Park, City of San Mateo, City of Mountain View, Town of Atherton and other peace officers should get involved in a positive manner.

• School systems – particularly elementary (K-8) – NEED to do more. If poorer school districts cannot muster resources, they should out-source psychological assessment and treatment services.

• The Sheriffs of Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco counties are elected to serve and protect the people. They MUST require the owners of the railroad properties where dead bodies have been found to follow all applicable laws and urge immediate engineering and administrative improvements!

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After seeing the DVD out-takes on “Silver Linings Playbook,” I appreciated the movie even more so.
Central to at least three characters’ development was mental health.

There were two endings shot. The one which aired in theatres was simple, “soupier” yet wonderfully joyful – whereas two who had received mental health care fell deeply in love. This was also the end result of the alternative ending.

My favorite was the second ending. It demonstrated:
(1) Compassion toward young adults with phobias,
(2) How much the central character learned about a positive approach and how far he improved,
(3) Understanding and patience toward others,
(4) A great sense of humor, and
(5) How “normal” mental illness diagnoses are.

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