Charlotte, NC, October 20, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Jeanine Joy, the founder of Happiness 1st Institute was delighted when she learned that a teenager who was suicidal used the skills she teaches to feel better and enjoy life again. Because she wanted to help others, not just those who can attend the online or in-person classes offered by Happiness 1st Institute, she decided to detail the practical and life-saving skills she teaches in a book. The result is Jeanine Joy’s new book, "Prevent Suicide: The Smart Way," she provides practical, step-by-step techniques that anyone can use to increase their (or their children’s) ability to bounce back and avoid becoming a suicide attempt or suicide death statistic.
Over 10% of the world’s population suffers from depression each year. The same techniques that reduce the risk of suicide, decrease the likelihood of depression and anxiety. (CDC. "US Depression Rates." 2007-2010)
The medical community says stress is responsible for between 65% - 90% of illnesses (they have not reached consensus, so the percentages vary). It does not matter whether it is 65% or 90%, we know that most physical and mental illness begins with stress. (Life Event, Stress and Illness, Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, 2008, Oct. 15(4): 9-18)
Applying the skills and techniques provided in "Prevent Suicide: The Smart Way" reduces stress at the root cause by cultivating and supporting more empowered mindsets.
Modern society is stressful for most people. On a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the highest level of stress, the average person is past the halfway mark. (Stress in America, American Psychological Association, 2/11/14) Many people live just one more personally negative event away from depression or worse. Suicide is a growing problem for middle school children and is a leading cause of death for teenagers and young adults. (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention AFSP.org)
Knowing how to improve protective factors and not doing it does not make sense. These skills should be taught to every child, but schools aren’t doing it. But it does not take a village to make a difference in your life or the lives of those you love. You can learn these skills and you can teach them to children. You can save lives.
Doctors who struggle in their efforts to guide parents about how to deal with their own stress and help their children with theirs in the limited time they have available during office visits will find this a valuable resource. It is no longer necessary to simply wish you could do more.
The author is also providing free Suicide Awareness and Prevention meetings in the Charlotte, NC area. For more information, visit www.happiness1st.com.