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Teen Suicide

posted Jan 28, 2014, 11:14 AM by Wyckoff Peds   [ updated Jan 28, 2014, 11:16 AM ]

With the recent suicide death of a local young lady I thought some words of comfort and caution from your pediatrician might help.

 A lot of parents may think that talking about suicide to your children will cause them to contemplate suicide – it is completely the opposite!  If we talk about it more, it would not have to be a scary topic 

 When explaining suicide to a child or adolescent, provide truthful information, encourage questions and offer loving reassurance.

Reassure children that they are not responsible in any way for someone’s suicide, and that nothing they said caused anyone to take their lifeB Be prepared to talk about suicide multiple times during the first days and weeks after the tragedy and later throughout your child’s life.

 If they are having a hard time adjusting, consider a bereavement support group.

Follow the link below to read the Risk Factors and Warning Signs and learn what to do when you suspect someone is at risk.  The more we know and the more we talk about it the better off we will be.