Suicide Prevention – What Parents Need to Know By Francesca Mullins
With suicide being the second leading cause of death for children between the ages of 10 and 19 years old (Suicide: Risk and Protective Factors, 2015), every parent should know the signs and what to do about them if their child is struggling.
What can we do?
As parents we are always asking what we can do to help our children. The Centers for Disease Control has offered the following as great suggestions for prevention.
Get professional help if your child has a mental, physical or substance abuse disorder. Create a support group of friends and family. Encourage your child to get involved in activities at school, church or in the community. Create medical and mental health care relationships. Be proactive and advocate for your child. Help your child develop skills in problem solving, conflict resolution, and nonviolent ways of handling disputes by being an active participant in his or her life. Create connection with your child by finding and participating in activities you both enjoy. Embrace cultural and religious beliefs that promote healthy avenues for self-preservation rather than suicide ... (Read the rest of the article here: educateempowerkids.org/suicide-signs-prevention/)