November 2008

Dangers of Self Asphyxia - The Choking Game

This session was presented on December 11, 2008.

This presentation gives an in-depth review of the dangers and warning signs of the Choking Game. The Choking Game is a misunderstood activity causing death and suffering for thousands of families worldwide. It often begins with high-achieving teens choking each other as a way to get high without the risk of getting caught with drugs or alcohol. It ends with death or suffering permanent brain damage. 2007 OSDUHS: Mental Health & Well-Being Highlights Report (Grades 7 to 12): Overall, about 7% of students report that they had participated in the choking game at least once in their lifetime. This estimate represents about 79,000 Ontario students Sharron and Kristen are both actively involved with the non-profit organization GASP.

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Learning Objectives

1. Learn the warning signs of children playing the choking game
2. Understand the need to have education in the schools to save lives
3. Gain insight into why high-achieving teens are choosing this game



Sharron Grant and Kristen Orser


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Updated November 24, 2008