When a child talks of suicide you should Ö.
Encourage the child
to talk to you or to some other trusted person.
Listen to the childís
feelings. Donít give advice or feel obligated to find simple solutions.
Try to imagine how you would feel in the childís place.
If the childís words
or actions scare you, tell him or her. If youíre worried or donít know
what to do, say so. Donít be a cheerful phony.
At times everyone
feels sad, hurt, or hopeless. You know what thatís like; share your feelings.
Let the child know he or she is not alone.
is crucial when something as serious as suicide is considered.
Help may be found
at a suicide prevention and crisis center, local mental health association,
or through clergy.
with the suicide prevention program at the childís school. Contact the
appropriate person(s) at the school.
SUICIDE PREVENTION HOT LINE
(877) 7-CRISIS (Toll Free in Los Angeles County)
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