Children undergo stressful situation too. If left out, such temporary feelings could really escalate quickly. When worse comes to the worst, some of them might chose to end their lives.
Studies suggest that the majority of people who die from suicide give warning signs beforehand. And while teen suicides tend to peak around certain times and events of the year, the reality is that it can occur at any time.
As a parent it is important to pay attention to small details such as;
- Lack of interest in favorite activities
- Reckless or risk-taking behaviors
- Deep feelings of grief, uncontrolled anger, anxiety, shame, hopelessness, guilt or anxiety
- Changed eating or sleeping patterns
- Threatening to or talking about wanting to hurt or kill him/herself
- Showing a dramatic change in appearance
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Giving away things of importance
- Threats or violence from peers.
If your child does not feel comfortable talking to you, suggest they talk to another trusted adult such as a family member, a pastor or a family doctor.
Do not leave your teen alone.
Make sure your teen does not have access to guns, other possible weapons or medications. It is advised to remove this objects that are harmful to them.