How to Talk with Your Child about Suicide December 13, 2021
Talking about suicide is hard, and it’s even harder to think about having to do this with your own child. Research and practice show that opening up lines of communication between parents and children can help reduce the likelihood that a child will attempt suicide. Offering concrete, real life supports – especially nurturing relationships – reduce that likelihood even more.
Sadly, suicide is on the rise across all age groups and races in our country. A therapist and mother will discuss why some children may be more at risk to attempt suicide than others and the signs to look for. Then, they will give some practical tips for how to plan for the conversation, what to say and not to say, and how to build in supports for your child. They will also talk about what to do in a crisis situation and what to expect when professionals are called upon for help.