Parents, What Can You If Your Child Has Revealed They’re Suicidal?
As a parent, you strive to ensure that your child is healthy in every way.
If you see their mental health slipping, it can leave you feeling extremely worried. And if you’re child reveals that they’re suicidal, then you may feel terrified and uncertain about what to do.
When your child reveals suicidal thoughts to you, it’s crucial that you act on this immediately. More than anything, your child will need a steadfast support system.
It may take time, but you can help your child get back to a healthy, non-suicidal mindset.
Get Your Child Help Immediately
When someone reveals that they’re suicidal, timing is essential. You must act quickly before they’re given the opportunity to potentially act on these thoughts.
Get your child to see a psychiatrist, psychologist, or mental health professional as soon as possible. If you’re worried that your child is going to act on their suicidal thoughts, you may want to consider bringing them to the emergency room.
Whatever you do, don’t ignore the situation. Even if you don’t think your child is looking to actively commit suicide, the last thing you want to do is ignore or invalidate them.
Monitor Your Child Closely
It’s important that you not leave your child alone for long periods of time. When they’re home, you’ll want to keep an eye on your child as much as possible.
Notify your child’s school so that extra precautions may be taken there, too. Contact your child’s friends and simply ask that they be a little more attentive to their friend.
Not only will this monitoring ensure that your child doesn’t have an opportunity to act on their thoughts, but the extra attention from you and their friends may make them feel more loved.
Hide or Remove Potentially Dangerous Objects
It’s not practical to get rid of all dangerous objects in your home. However, you may want to consider relocating them or hiding them for the time being. You could even put them in a safe or somewhere that requires password access.
Potentially dangerous household items include knives, pills, or cleaners, such as bleach.
Actively Listen to Your Child
If your child expresses thoughts of suicide, then they’re obviously having troublesome thoughts and going through an extremely difficult time with their mental health.
Now more than ever, it’s crucial that you actively listen to your child. If they express that they need help, you need to get them help. If they attempt to initiate a conversation, you need to listen to them dotingly.
More than anything, your child most likely wants someone who can understand what they’re going through and help them through it. You may not have all the answers yourself, but you can help your child find someone who does.
Support and Love Your Child
This last bit of advice may seem obvious, but it’s extremely important. Kids need support, and they need to know that someone loves them, no matter what.
If your child expresses thoughts of suicide, that is inevitably scary for you. However, the focus still needs to be on helping your child get better.
Don’t express anger or hostility towards your child. Calmly attempt to converse with them; ask them how they’re feeling. Try to relate to them. Even the simplest things can remind your child that they are loved, valued, and wanted.
If your child reveals suicidal thoughts to you, don’t panic. There is help available, but it’s crucial that you seek out this help as soon as possible.
Keep in mind that your child came to you with their thoughts instead of acting upon them—this means that they trust you, and they want help. To book an appointment, please contact me on (07) 3282 5453 and get your child the help they need right away.