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SUICIDE INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Safe2Tell For Parents


The following are suggestions for parents who suspect their child may be suicidal:

TAKE SUICIDAL OVERTURES SERIOUSLY

  • Trust your gut feelings ("Something is wrong.  I cannot overlook this.")
  • Don't over-react and panic.  Help is available.
  • Don't minimize the threats even if you've heard them before


COMMUNICATE OPENLY

  • Acknowledge your own feelings (hurt/fear/anger) to yourself
  • Be genuine and sincere, but don't expect instant rapport
  • Acknowledge concerns, (i.e. because of specific behaviors that lead you to suspect that something is troubling them; withdrawal from family and friends; statements like, "I wish I was never born." "I am concerned.")
  • Avoid putting them on the defensive.  (I understand you may not want to talk to me...You look sad/angry/scared, and I'd like to help.")

 

 

DEVELOP A PLAN TO GET HELP

  • Recognize the need for outside help. ("We need help.  This is a family problem.")
  • Don't leave it up to your child to determine whether they will or won't get help.
  • Give some choices. ("We can go together, but you can also see a counselor alone.")

 


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