Parent

Suicide Info (Adult)

What to do to help:

  • Always take any indication of suicidal feelings seriously, no matter how casually they may be conveyed.
  • Ask them about their feelings
  • Specifically ask if they are feeling suicidal
  • Don’t judge them and tell them what they should/shouldn’t do.
  • Allow them to open up to you and share their feelings knowing that you are understanding what they are going through (even if you don’t completely or don’t agree with how they feel).
  • In a private place, let them express the pain that they have been suppressing inside of them.
  • Assess their Risk while they are talking. Listen to see what their thoughts are. Do they know when they are going to do it? How? Where? Do they have the means to carry their plan out (ex. access to weapons, prescription drugs, etc.)?

After an Attempt

The Suicide Attempt

  • Is a non-fatal act in which an individual deliberately causes self-injury with the intent to die.
  • It is a signal that suggests that something has gone wrong for that person.
  • It is a cry for help and attention to get some care, support and protection It is often aimed at adjusting life rather than ending it.

Bullying Info

What is Bullying?

Bullying is mean, cruel, hurtful behavior that meets 3 criteria:

  1. Intentional
  2. Repeated
  3. Power Imbalance

Resiliency

What is Resiliency?

  • The ability to overcome the challenging events in our life and to function as well as before and eventually move forward.
  • It is the ability to “bounce back”.
  • It involves accepting all that life throws at us, learning from the good and the bad and becoming stronger.
  • Building resiliency is complicated as we are dealing with human beings.
  • A protective factor for one person may be a risk factor for another depending on their situation, experiences and the circumstances.

Teacher/Family Contact

Establishing and maintaining contact with parents is very important throughout the school year for three main reasons:

  1. In order to be effective partners in their child’s education, families need to know what is happening in their child’s class and in the school context.
  2. Regular communication with families provides a means to discuss growth and positives regarding their children not just a platform to address issues and negatives.
  3. Sustained communication develops a relationship with the families built on a foundation of trust and support. This foundation will assist in working collaboratively on more difficult concerns should they arise.

WHAT DO I SAY…

to my child if I think he or she is at risk of suicide

Suicide need not claim as many lives as it does each year. There is help available and we can all play a part to ensure that individuals with thoughts of suicide get the help they need.

Anyone who is suicidal needs the help of a counsellor or mental health professional. This provides them with the opportunity to learn new life strategies to cope with their stresses and pain.