Time to read: 4 minutes
Suitable for: Families with secondary-age children
If your child is having suicidal thoughts, it doesn’t mean they will necessarily attempt it. However, feeling suicidal must always be taken seriously. It shows your child needs help and support.
This is an incredibly hard time for you as a parent. You may worry about how you can keep your child safe. Perhaps you are frightened that you could accidentally make things worse by saying or doing the wrong thing?
Key messages about suicide:
- There are many organisations that can help you — you are not alone
- Your child can get through this and feel okay again
- If your child talks with you about suicide, it’s more likely they can get help
Suicidal thoughts can come in sudden bursts or last for a long period of time. If your child self harms, you may assume that this automatically leads to attempting suicide. However, some children can self harm and not have suicidal thoughts.