Suicide prevention resources available to the public

The boy was beaten in a bathroom at school, and killed himself days later.

Gabe Taye wasn't the youngest to commit suicide in Hamilton County, Ohio.

Edward Frye, 7, killed himself in 1995 by saving up his meds before overdosing to end his abusive life.

Late Monday, Feb. 6, a spokesperson for Cincinnati Public Schools said the medical emergency involving Taye did not involve him being thrown to the floor. A security video taken inside the elementary school revealed a student assaulted Taye in a restroom, and other children kicked and struck the boy for five minutes while he lay unconscious.

Two days later, the 8-year-old boy died by suicide.

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There are many questions about this story.

First, how can a child that age, just 8 years old, even know about suicide?

The sad part, the Tampa Bay Crisis Center is not surprised a child that young turned to suicide.

  • A child can learn about suicide from hearing their parents or caregivers talk about it. Even joking about killing yourself in front kids---they'll remember that.
  • A bully telling their victim, they should kill themselves.
  • Watching violent shows on TV where a person is harming themselves.
  • Downloading apps explaining how to commit suicide.

One alarming example: An app called “Kill Yourself.” It walks you through different ways to take your own life.

Another one parents need to know about is the “Blue Whale Challenge.”

It's a 50-day challenge where you must complete tasks that range from listening to music to causing self-harm. The last challenge is to kill yourself.

The app was deleted but kids can still mimic the tasks.          

Not all apps are bad, there are several apps to help prevent suicide.

“All that information that a kid is receiving is playing a huge part in their decision making,” says Angelina Adorno, Child and Family Safety Advocate with the Tampa Bay Crisis Center. “I feel we need to do more. These things are happening and it's unfortunate that they're happening but it's need to happen for us to continue to step up and make a difference.”

The Crisis Center does have a hotline along with an online chat feature.

Adorno says they are contacted by many children and teens in our area asking them about suicide and letting them know a friend might harm themselves.

If your child is losing interest in a hobby they love or they fear going to school those can be red flags for suicide.

Another question that's come up in the last few days: Gabe was laying unconscious for more than five minutes, could that have led to brain trauma or possibly have led him to commit suicide?

While some studies, including one from Oxford University not long ago, point to a link between traumatic brain injuries and suicides, St. Joseph's Hospital neurosurgeon Juan Valdivia says it's not likely any trauma in this incident would have led to the boy's suicide.

He does say, though, that a child's brain is still developing at that age, so it's important to take the child to see a doctor right away, even for a minor concussion.

“It can be as small as having concussion. Having a mild headache for a week, to having memory changes like long term memory loss or short term memory loss. Changes to sleep that can last for a month or more,” says Valdivia.

Valdivia says many times an MRI does not pick up on brain trauma, so the parents need to be vigilant of any abnormal behavior.

We contacted local school districts in our area about their policies to inform parents when their child has been injured.

PINELLAS COUNTY

Although there is no specific board policy on student injury reporting, there is the administrative practice to report student accidents to the parents. They are also requested to complete a student incident report.  The incident report asks whether the parent was contacted, Yes or No, and if No, Why.

See guidelines below:

Injury Reporting Guidelines / Forms

Injury Reports: STUDENTS

Student Injury Reporting Guidelines

Schools should use the following guidelines to help decide if an "injury" should be reported on a Student Injury Report (SIR) and to parents/guardians. These guidelines will help provide consistency between all schools in the district.

Many schools report all events where children say they are hurt even if no sign of an injury exists. This documentation practice helps protect the school, faculty and staff and is encouraged.

At a minimum, the following events should be reported via the electronic SIR program within 24 hours after occurrence:

 

1.

911 calls for treatment of a student

15.

Fractures

2.

Allergic reactions

16.

Hair accidentally cut off

3.

Bites-either human or animal

17.

Head injury (eyes, nose, mouth, scalp, chin, 
neck, temple, forehead, ears). Blow or some
sort of incident that would leave a mark

4.

Bleeding due to a break in skin

18.

Heat exhaustion or sun stroke

5.

Breathing emergencies

19.

Intentional injuries - any injury caused by a 
fight, violence, etc.

6.

Bumps (large that might require later parental 
attention)

20.

Nose bleeds (major)

7.

Burns

21.

Scrapes (large that might require later parental
attention)

8.

Dislocations

22.

Seizures

9.

Dizziness, disorientation, confusion

23.

Splinters (embedded) or foreign bodies in
skin or eyes

10.

Drug overdose

24.

Suspected pulled muscle, ligament, tendon
(sprain/strain)

11.

Exposure to blood or body fluids

25.

Swelling - any time any observable

12.

Exposure to a potentially hazardous chemical product

26.

Tooth (adult) damage, loosening, injury or loss

13.

Fainting

27.

Any time you think the injury may be more 
severe than is immediately apparent

14.

Food eaten that tasted bad and caused significant 
nausea / vomiting

   

Common incidents where parents/guardians are not usually contacted and a SIR is not usually completed:

1.      Small scratch

2.      Self-inflicted pencil/pen poke

3.      Broken fingernail

4.      Lost tooth with minimal bleeding when tooth is expected to come out

5.      Minor insect bites without allergy

6.      Minor nose bleeds not from an injury

 

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

5340 - Student Accidents

 

The Board believes that school personnel have certain responsibilities in case of accidents which occur in school. Said responsibilities extend to the administration of first aid by persons trained to do so, summoning of medical assistance, notification to administrative personnel, notification to parents, and the filing of accident reports.

Employees should administer first aid within the limits of their knowledge of recommended practices. All employees should make an effort to increase their understanding of the proper steps to be taken in the event of an accident.

F.S. 381.0056, 1001.43

 

PASCO COUNTY

5340 - STUDENT ACCIDENTS

The Board believes that school personnel have certain responsibilities in case of accidents which occur in school. Said responsibilities extend to the administration of first aid by persons trained to do so, summoning of medical assistance, notification of administrative personnel, notification of parents, and the filing of accident reports.

Employees should administer first aid within the limits of their knowledge of recommended practices. All employees should make an effort to increase their understanding of the proper steps to be taken in the event of an accident.

F.S. 381.0056, 1001.43

 

Here are some warnings signs that may help parents before it's too late, according to WebMD:

  • If they're making suicidal statements.
  • Talking about death in conversation, writings, or drawings.
  • Giving away belongings and withdrawing from friends and family
  • Having aggressive behavior, change in personality or not caring about their appearance anymore.
  • Running away from home.
  • Risk-taking behavior like reckless driving or being sexually promiscuous.

Those are things to look out for.

Here are some suicide prevention resources too:

·        The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800)273-8255. The rapper Logic recently released a song about the lifeline.

o   People can also text the word “home” to the crisis text line at 741741.

 

·        American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Florida Suicide Hotlines

·        Citrus County

o   The Centers- 24-hour crisis line: (352)726-7155

·        Hillsborough County

o   Crisis Center of Tampa Bay- 24-hour criss line: (352)726-7155

o   An online help request form is also available here

o   Suicide and Crisis Hotline – 24-hourcrisis line: (813) 234-1234

§  TeenLink – 24-hour crisis line: (813) 236-TEEN (8336)

§  ParentLink – 24-hour crisis line: (813) 2PARENT or (813) 272-7368

§  ElderNet Services – 24-hour crisis line: (813) 964-1577

·        The Tampa Bay Suicide Prevention Task Force

·        Pinellas County

o   Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services

§  24-hour suicide hotline: (727)791-3131

§  24-hour mental health assistance: (727) 541-4628

  • Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition for Hillsborough, Mantatee and Pasco
  • 24-hour hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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