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"feel bummed out" = feel very depressed

"My son felt really bummed out after some kids at school made fun of is clothes."

"your heart sinks" = feel very unhappy

"My father's heart sank when he found out my mom had cancer."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Suicide Prevention
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
difficultsuicide and depressionconversationman - woman04:46

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

In 2012, our son, Joshua, died by suicide (see, and we know that so many people around the world have had family or friends who have ended their lives. To provide help and open discussion, I decided to create this listening activity. So, to begin with, what are some of the reasons why people consider taking their own lives? What are some warning signs of suicide, and what are three things friends and family can do to help someone who might are thinking about suicide?

HELPFUL TIP: When most people have problems, they don't want you to fix them; rather, people just want to you listen to them without judgement.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

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1. For how many months has Daniel been depressed?
A. four months
B. five months
C. six months

2. One of the signs of Daniel's depression is that he ___________.
A. plays video games by himself
B. doesn't get out of bed
C. spends a lot of time on Facebook

3. What problem happened at school?
A. Daniel failed several of his classes.
B. He lost his backpack with all his books.
C. Other kids bullied and picked on him.

4. Daniel's girlfriend ________.
A. broke up with him for some reason
B. was very sick in the hospital
C. moved away to a new city

5. Another sign that Daniel is suicidal is that he _________.
A. is giving away all his things to his friends
B. started drinking alcohol and taking drugs
C. wrote some disturbing messages on Facebook

6. The man and woman noticed _________ on Daniel's arms.
A. tattoos
B. cuts
C. scary words

7. Which idea does the woman NOT mention to help Daniel?
A. trying to talk and listen to his feelings
B. taking Daniel to the emergency room
C. reading books on suicide prevention

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Correct answers:

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Have you ever experienced any of the pain and struggles Daniel is going through in the conversation? How did you feel and how did these experiences impact your life? What things have you found helpful in your own life to get yourself through a sad or depressive state?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
After you look over Josh's Web site (, think of a comment or question you want to ask Randall about his son, Josh. Comments can be about depression, suicide, mental health issues, or ways in which Josh's life and death have impacted the family. Then, post your questions or comments on Randall's blog HERE:

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