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Suicide and Depression

Perhaps one of the most challenging things as a parent is talking with your child about death, and this is even more difficult when it comes to suicide because of the stigma that surrounds depression and suicide. Don’t be afraid that you’ll make a mistake or say the wrong thing. Talking about suicide doesn’t cause it. This article offers strategies for having the conversation at all age levels: https://www.today.com/parents/experts-explain-how-talk-about-suicide-kids-age-t130589.

Please read more about depression and teens here.

You and your child can help someone who is contemplating suicide.  It is important to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) when you think someone is considering suicide.  Acknowledge their feelings are serious and listen attentively, let them know you Care and remain calm. Finally, Tell a professional (or trusted adult in the school setting) immediately so the person can get treatment.  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also call 911 or assist them with getting to the nearest emergency room.  Learn more at stopasuicide.org.   Click to learn the warning signs of suicide and how to respond. 

This link will take you to mental health providers in our community and surrounding areas.

Please contact the school if you have any questions at all.

 

 

 


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