Where to go for support
Signs your children might be experiencing suicidal thoughts
Thoughts and Feelings
Verbally telling you they are “not good enough for anything or anyone”, “There’s not way out of this” and “I am just a burden”. Expressing feelings of hopelessness, feeling alone and wanting to give up.
Withdrawn, loss of interest in activities, risk or reckless behaviour, going out alone or at unusual times, threatening to, or talking about wanting to kill or hurt themselves, suddenly in a very positive mood, not retaining information as if things wash over them, self harming, going to bed early or not sleeping, any behaviour that is unusual or out of character.
Appearance- not bothering with their appearance, a decline in their hygiene, a loss or gain of weight, looking tired or pale, evidence of injuries from self- harm, feeling unwell, hiding themselves away with clothes or hair, making how they feel by dressing up with immaculate makeup.
How can you support your child/ young person experiencing suicidal thoughts?
Are you afraid to ask the question?
The myth- “Will I be putting that idea into their heads?”
The answer- no!
People who are experiencing suicidal thoughts will have thought abou this for a long time. Asking open- ended questions will help someone to talk though their problems instead of saying yes or no.
When you are talking to a young person about suicide, it’s important to instil a sense of hope and hope them to see that there are alternatives to ending their life.