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Keep a child who expresses self-harm ideation in sight, get them talking (i.e. more trouble than it’s worth if one is not in deep emotional pain). Another would be the family doctor or a therapist if you have a relationship in place with a counselor.
: If in doubt about a child’s safety you can call 911. As a parent, you do not have to know how to deal with suicidality on your own; you just need to reach out for appropriate help (which will further help you build your skills and abilities to not just keep kids alive, but help them heal from the feelings that would lead to self-destructive impulses in the first place).
Suicide is the third leading cause of death between 8 and 18 (after accidents and homicide), so it is a pervasive issue in our turbulent and often cruel or seemingly indifferent society.
Given that many more young people attempt suicide than complete the act, this is something that affects many more of our collective kids than we might, at first glance, realize.
So, let’s dedicate today to being the bowl in whatever way we can manage, sending love to heartbroken families (as suicide can devastate any one of us, sometimes unexpectedly as it is not always obvious) and to any and all of our collective children who might not much feel like being here right now—holding to an alternate truth which is that we do want them to live, grow, heal and be a loving and conscious part of our collective group (as they are part of our group whether they know it or not, and their demise always kills a part of us, whether we know it or not).
Namaste, Bruce PS Deeply understanding our children is often a key to helping them feel both loved and safe.
by asking about it); if you’re concerned, go ahead and ask.
If they say no, at least you noticed something was seriously bothering them; if they say yes, they want someone to help them so they won’t have to do it.
If we can get into accurate connection with such a person, they often feel safer and no longer need to check out from the planet—neither fleeing their own feeling states nor acting out their destructive rage.
proper meds, family therapy, etc.) Suicidality is complex and longer answers would take us down several paths exploring issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, emerging psychotic or bi-polar disorders, losses and traumas (such as sexual abuse) and you can search this site for posts related to those topics.
Ultimately we want to go from preventing suicide to facilitating good feelings that last.
No one can truly and definitively stop someone from killing himself or herself if they are determined to do it, but we just might be able to do the reach out and be in this together.
Ultimately it is not about killing or not killing our ego-selves, it is about our relationships representing our fuller identity (relationships which are rather broken down at the collective level); the help is out there, let it in as an act of love for your kids, or for children you may never meet—they are the kids you once were, the kids who need to be understood and validated and respected… I have had clients realize that they didn’t really need to be in the locked ward of a psych hospital only after spending an afternoon being evaluated and checked into a psych hospital.
Please send healing thoughts to this family.” * While I would not want to say anything about this specific situation other than I agree that we might all send some love to this family, no matter what the “facts” turn out to reveal, and to which I am not privy, I did want to address the topic of suicide in kids.