30
May

Blue Whale Online Suicide Game

The Blue Whale game is a social media suicide game that has been linked to over 150 children suicides.  To date over 130 children suicides in Russia have been linked to the Blue Whale game.  The game has made its way to Europe.  It has been linked to suicides in Portugal, Spain, England, and Ireland as recent as April and May of 2017.  (www.crimeonline.com/2017/05/22/parents-please-read-dads-warning-after-son-found-dead-after-playing-blue-whale-suicide-game)

 

The Blue Whale Game is an online interactive challenge game that starts with an assignment of tasks for the player.  A series of tasks occur over a 50 day period to complete.  Some tasks may be as simple as watching a horror movie.  Gradually, the tasks are increasingly more severe involving self inflicted injuries.  As each task is completed, the player posts a picture of the task on Instagram.  Although this game has typically been played on Instagram, other social media platforms have been used as well. Some posts include pictures and videos of self inflicted wounds include a whale carving on an arm, balancing on a roof, or a pool of blood.  The player wins at the end of the game, when they complete the final task of suicide.  In some cases, this has involved posting "End" with a picture of a blue whale.

 

Instagram has begun to post a warning regarding the Blue Whale game when a search is done for the term "blue whale."

 

The game's creator, Phillip Budeikin, from Russia, is imprisoned.  He started the game in 2013.  He has stated that he was cleansing society of certain people that were biological waste.  Even though he is imprisoned, other "death groups" have continued with the Blue Whale game.  In addition, the creator receives love letters in prison. 

 

Please discuss the Blue Whale game, its dangers, and its links to suicide with your children and their friends, especially if you have my concerns regarding depression or suicide in your children or notice my change in their behavior.

4
Nov

Youth Suicide with ADD, ADHD & Depression

suicide-2016-1104A recent study in Pediatrics (bit.ly/2fncnCe) revealed that young children (5 – 11 years old) who committed suicide were more likely to have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Teenagers (12 – 14 years old) who committed suicide were more likely to suffer from depression or dysthymia.   One third (1/3) of children who committed suicide had a mental illness.  In order to determine the cause of suicide of children 5 to 14 years old, the study reviewed data from the National Violent Death Reporting System from 2003 to 2012.
 
Young school aged children who committed suicide were more likely to have family or friend relationship problems.  In contrast, teenagers who committed suicide were more likely to have boyfriends or girlfriend relationship problems.  The study also revealed that there was a higher rate of suicides among black youth than young of other races.  In addition, 29% of young children and teenagers told someone about their intention to commit suicide before they attempted to do so. 
 
If you’re concerned about your child or the child of someone you know committing suicide, you should know the suicide warning signs.  Suicide warning signs include, but are not limited to increased seclusion and alone time, increased time spent in their room alone, decreased time spent with friends, decreased time spent in school activities, poor grades or a drop in grades, poor communication, discussion of a desire to commit suicide, increased temper, increased frustration.
 
An excellent resource is The National Suicide Prevention Line.  There are many tools available on their website, suicidepreventionlifeline.org.  In addition, their Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  Online Chat is also available.  If Chat is unavailable, then please call the Lifeline, as help is available 24/7.  It is anonymous and confidential.  They even have a Safe Space with a set of three (3) You Tube videos to help with relaxation (suicidepreventionlifeline.org/safe-space).
 
It is important to (1) know the warning signs for suicide among young children and teens, (2) be aware that ADD, ADHD and depression place these children at a higher suicide risk, and (3) know where to call for help.

 

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