A parent’s worst nightmare is surviving a child’s suicide.
It’s not natural to outlive your child, especially to suicide.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month however this topic is one that needs attention 365 days a year.
Kids In The House offers a library of videos by experts to help educate parents on teen suicide prevention. Today’s generation of online peer pressure in combination with offline only complicates our teen’s stress and anxiety. The world of cyberspace has created a new level of concern for many parents – and they must continue to be in touch with their teen’s emotional lives both offline and online. It’s why your offline chats are so important – frequently.
Take it seriously, even if your friend brushes it off
Suicidal ideation (continual suicidal thoughts) is not typical and reflects a larger problem
An angry friend is better than a dead friend
Ask, listen, tell, if the threat is immediate stay with the person
Bring friend to a trusted adult. If they don’t know what to do or don’t take it seriously find another adult
Be a good listener but remember suicidal ideation reflects a bigger underlying problem such as depression, substance problems, abuse, problem-solving difficulties. You can listen but they need to speak to a professional.
30% of attempters tell someone before, many don’t tell anyone after.
When some talks to you, that is the moment for intervention
With each suicide attempt, risk of suicide increases
Change in mood- sadness, anxiety, irritability
change in behavior- isolation
Change in sleep
Change in appetite
Increase in aggression or impulsiveness
Feeling hopeless, worthless
Saying things like “No one will miss me” or “You’ll be better off” (feeling like a burden)
Feeling ashamed or humiliated or desperation, as after a break up or test
Talking about wanting to kill themselves
Drop in grades
Giving away prized possessions
Be an educated parent, you will have safer and healthier teens.