By: Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention
How to Talk to a Child about a
Suicide Attempt in Your Family
If there has been a recent suicide attempt in your family, this may be one of the toughest experiences you and your children may ever face. It is important to take care of yourself, so that you are better able to care for your child.
This guide is intended to provide you with some of that support, and also share other resources that may be helpful for you now and as your family recovers. The guide is not intended to replace professional mental health advice. In fact, it may be best to use this along with professional support if you or your child is struggling with how to talk about this difficult subject.
- Why talking about a suicide attempt is important;
- Ideas about when you should talk about an attempt,
- Ideas on how much information to share;
- Ways to support a child (preschooler, school age and teenager); and,
- Examples on what to say and how you might say it.
..::NEW VIDEO!::.. How to Talk to a Child about a Suicide Attempt in Your Family
Also, there are videos for each individual age group:
Order the Free Full-Color 24 Page Guide
There is a new 24 page full color booklet that can be ordered for free that combines all age groups. This booklet is currently only available in English but look for a Spanish version soon.
Download the Guide
There are also English and Spanish quick-versions available. Currently, the Spanish version uses a previous format. Download:
– See more at: http://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn19/talk2kids/index.asp#sthash.IF3cAzFJ.dpuf