Learn How 2 B1

Someone You Know May Need a Friend – B1.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24.

Think about it . . . the second most likely thing to take one of your friends is suicide. Yet, no one ever talks about it until a tragedy occurs. That’s why The Jason Foundation and Rascal Flatts call youth suicide “The Silent Epidemic.”

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for college aged (18-22) youth.

If you are in the age group, the statistics are even more alarming.

You may have a little brother or sister who is at-risk for suicide. They look up to you – learn to B1 for the younger kids too.

These are all staggering statistics, but there is also some good news. Even though one out of fifteen students have attempted suicide in the past year, that means that fourteen have not. But one suicide attempt is too many . . . especially if that one is your friend. And research shows that…

Four out of five teens who have attempted suicide have given clear warning signs.

That means that 80% of the time, if we know the warning signs and know what to do, we have a chance to save our friends. Many times, suicide is preventable. You need to have a plan in place in advance should you notice a friend is spiraling down with the blues or depression. You know your friends better than anyone and know when something just doesn’t “feel” right. Your friend may need a friend . . .

Will you be ready to B1?

Rascal Flatts and The Jason Foundation have joined together in a National Campaign to help you know how to B1 for a friend who may be hurting. It isn’t hard to do and we aren’t suggesting that you try to counsel your friends. Together, we’ll come up with a plan to help you feel more comfortable to talk with your friend and know where to go for help.

There are three things that you will need to remember – we’ll call them the three B’s:

  • B Aware

  • B Able

  • B Prepared

R U ready to B1 for a friend?

Great!! You are about to join with Rascal Flatts and the Jason Foundation in the B1 project. Let’s get started with Module One – B Aware – Understanding the “Silent Epidemic” of Youth Suicide.

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How to B1

Be Aware

Be aware and understand the problem of youth suicide.

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth ages 10–24.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for college-age youth (18–22).
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for our youth ages 10–14.
  • Suicide is PREVENTABLE.

By being part of the B1 Project, you can help take some of the "silence" away from the "silent epidemic" of youth suicide by learning about the problem and making a plan to help your friends who may be struggling.

Be Able to Identify

Be able to identify a friend who may be hurting. Look for these warning signs in your friends:

  • Suicide threats
  • Depression
  • Anger, increased irritability
  • Lack of interest in activities they used to enjoy
  • Sudden increase/decrease in appetite
  • Sudden changes in appearance
  • Dwindling academic performance
  • Sudden failure to complete assignments
  • Preoccupation with death and suicide
  • An "I don’t care" attitude about school or other activities.
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Final arrangements

Be Prepared To React

Have a game plan in place in the event that any one of your friends ever indicates they are hurting or thinking of hurting themselves. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone who seems to be depressed or hurting. At the very least, your friends will know there is someone who cares for them. Where do I go for help?

  • Your favorite teacher/coach
  • Parents
  • Clergy
  • Guidance counselor
  • Doctor
  • Trusted adult
  • Crisis line such as 1-800-Suicide (784-2433)
  • Local mental health center

Be a Part of the Solution

By entering your email address and clicking “I’ll B1,” you are pledging to be there for your friends. Someone you know may need a friend — B1.

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