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September is Suicide Prevention Month. Centers for Youth and Families was featured on KTHV's Morning Show. The interview story is written below along with a video where Mandy Richardson gives tips to parents about how to have a conversation with your children about suicide.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - We'd all like to think that suicide isn't relevant to our family or our friends, but that's not the case.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in children and the third leading cause of death in youth 15-19, according to the National Council. One out of every six high school students seriously considered suicide in the past year.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month and THV's Alyse Eady sat down with Mandy Richardson from The Centers for Youth & Families to learn how to talk to your child about suicide.
Richardson recommends that you approach talking to your child about suicide the same way you'd talk to them about other important topics.
"A lot of times I think it helps to really have a reference point when you're starting a conversation like this," says Richardson.
Here are some tips about how to speak with your children about suicide:
1. Timing is everything.
2. Think about what you want to say.
3. Be honest. Listen to what your child has to say.
4. Don't overreact or under react.
"It can be an emotional topic so if you hear something that you're concerned about, certainly address that, revisit it down the road," says Richardson. "These are things we need to be in constant communication with and don't brush something off at the same points."
If you feel your child may need to seek outside treatment, contact The Centers for Youth & Families at 501-666-8686 or by visiting www.centersforyouthandfamilies.org.