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What Every Parent Should Know about Preventing Youth Suicide Quick Reference:
A quick reference for parents when a crisis occurs (repost from Battlefield HS website – October 26, 2015)
View brochure, “What every parent should know about preventing youth suicide” or go to Virginia Department of Health website.
Prevention Hotline: ACTS Helpline 703.368.4141 or PWCS Tipline Available 24/7
A crisis or safety concern may occur at any time in our community or in neighboring communities. Children may be confused and/or frightened by information they hear in conversations and in news reports, and they will look to adults for guidance as to how to react. The following offers parents suggestions for establishing a sense of security and safety to help their children cope in a crisis situation. Additionally, following a crisis, the school psychologist, school social worker, school counselors, and members of the School Division’s Critical Incident Team are available to assist students.
You may want to pay particular attention to your child’s emotional needs during the next few weeks. A few suggestions for helping your child are as follows:
- Limit the amount of exposure your child has to newspapers and televised news reports. Repetitive discussion of the situation may re-traumatize a child.
- Be honest with your children about what has occurred and provide facts about what has happened. Use age-appropriate terms for better understanding.
- Encourage your child to talk to you about his or her feelings and concerns. Share your feelings with your child.
- Reassure your child that he/she is safe.
- Spend extra time with your child.
- Remember the importance of touch. A hug can reassure your child that he/she is loved.
- Watch for ongoing signs of difficulty which could indicate that your child may need additional help. Some of the signs to watch for are prolonged sadness, withdrawal from social contact, change in eating or sleeping habits, or other behavior unusual for your child.