Depression and Suicide
Talk to your son/daughter in a calm and non-accusatory way; interact in positive ways
Encourage your child to come to you when he/she (or one of his/her friends) is having thoughts of hurting or killing him/herself
Let him/her know you care about and love him/her
Convey how important he/she is to you
Focus on your concern for his/her well-being
Make statements that convey you have empathy for his/her stress
Recognize when you need to seek professional help for your child
In cases of emergency, dial 911 or go to a hospital.
Most area mental health hospitals provide a free suicide risk assessment to assist in determining the level of care your child may need.
Some area resources available to your family include:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline