With the devastating loss of Robin Williams, here’s a re-post of a segment on suicide prevention.
Here at Super Mommy Not we often get queries about children (teens and tweens) threatening suicide. One mom writes: “My 13 year old girl says she’s going to kill herself. What do I do?” So what can a parent do and how can he or she understand and handle such a frightening situation? SMN is committed to helping families deal with this very difficult part of life. We have teamed up with ConnectiVISION to bring you this story.
And news just out this month, according to a new study: More Americans now commit suicide than die in car crashes, making suicide the leading cause of injury deaths.
Children and young people are at risk for suicide as well. Year after year, suicide remains one of the top three leading causes of death for young people ages 15 to 24.
Please watch the video below to see how you can determine if your child is at risk and find out what you can do to protect your child:
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:
-Do not leave the person alone
-Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
-Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24/7 service that can provide suicidal persons or those around them with support, information and local resources
-Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
(Source: National Institute of Mental Health)