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Posted on: September 13, 2022

How to Talk to Kids About Suicide

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Talking to kids about suicide can be challenging. However, creating a safe space to talk about suicide can save a child’s life. Multiple studies show that asking about suicide is not harmful and often empowering. You won’t put the idea into their heads and if a child has been struggling with thoughts of suicide, knowing that a concerned adult is willing to have an open conversation is often a relief. 

  • Do not wait for a crisis to discuss suicide. 
  • Check in regularly.
  • Ask open-ended questions.
  • Provide emotional space to talk.
  • Look for changes in mood or behavior that might be a warning sign that something is wrong.
  • Ask directly about suicidal thoughts.

It is important to remember talking to our kids about suicide is the right thing to do. One of the best things you can do is give your child the power to talk about mental health concerns and topics as challenging as suicide without shutting the door. Even if your child is doing well, this powerful opportunity helps your child see it is OK to be emotionally open and could help them talk openly with friends. 

Click HERE to read more on each of the above steps, watch a video on how to talk to kids about suicide, and peer-to-peer conversations.

SUICIDE WARNING SIGNS
Kids and Suicide: What You Should Know
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