Without being able to relate the feeling to any kind of previous experience, a teenager can be overwhelmed by depression. It may become impossible to see any future beyond its dim and gloomy shadow. This is a place where we as parents can share some of our own experience as a way of bridging the gulf. Continue reading
Anger and sadness come right along with fear in most any fear-based situation, and can do a lot of damage to someone. After all, as humans, we learn by mistakes. So when we are told there is a monster outside, the emotional reactions we have are going to stick with us much longer than the feeling of relief which comes with the rising sun. Continue reading
Parents are not helpless when it comes to intervening in teen suicides. Become a careful observer of your teen and learn to recognize the signs that often indicate that a teen might be contemplating suicide. Continue reading
If you or your child know someone who is cutting, make it your top priority to let that person know that you really care. Don’t shame or judge the person, don’t make fun of the person, and don’t treat the person like a freak. Cutters don’t cut for attention, but sometimes paying attention can go a long way in helping a cutter grow strong and happy enough to kick the habit. Above all, if you want to help, become the good listener that the cutter can trust.
Many teens that survive a suicide attempt have said that they were trying to escape a seemingly impossible situation or avoid unrelenting bad feelings. They say that they don’t want to die as much as they are want relief from painful emotions. Some teens may be feeling rejected, worthless, or they may feel like they are a disappointment to family members. Continue reading