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Suicide is a confronting topic. As a parent, it may represent the greatest fear for our family. Yet, for many, there is a misguided belief that talking about suicide with young people causes further distress. Research shows otherwise — not talking about suicide can be harmful.

Psychologist Lyn O’Grady has spent decades working, researching and presenting on better mental health for children, young people and families. Along the way, she has witnessed the desperate struggle with life that suicidal thoughts and feelings bring. She has also seen countless books about parenting, usually featuring simplistic recipe-type approaches that can be appealing but challenging to implement at times of crisis.

So she wrote this book to explain exactly what it means to be a parent of a teenager who is struggling with suicidal thoughts and behaviors and how to help. Drawing on practical experience across a range of community settings, the lived experience of people and families who have experienced suicidality, and the latest research and theories in the field, this book helps:

to arm parents with knowledge so they can better understand what’s going on with their teenager
to provide space to reflect on their parenting and to look after themselves
to not feel alone; and to know what to do to support their teenagers during difficult times.
This book will help any parent or health worker working with families to understand how to connect and communicate with teenagers when dealing with the topic of suicide.

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Helpful Resources for Teens

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  • Crisis Text Line -- Text START to 741-741​     


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September is Suicide Prevention Month

September 2016 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.

Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that effect people when they are most vulnerable. Suicidal thoughts and suicide occur too frequently but should not be considered common and can indicate more serious issues. In many cases the individuals, friends and families affected by suicide are left in dark, feeling shame or stigma that prevents talking openly about issues dealing with suicide.

Know the Warning Signs and Risk of Suicide
Preventing Suicide as a Family Member or Caregiver
Being Prepared for a Crisis

Crisis and Information Resources

I'm in crisis or am experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts: National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
I'm looking for more information, referrals or support: NAMI HelpLine 800-950-NAMI (6264)

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. - See more at: http://www.nami.org/suicide#sthash.GE2GI37c.dpuf

World Suicide Prevention Day

On September 10, 2016, we observe World Suicide Prevention Day to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to address suicide prevention.

What else can I do?

We believe that these issues are important to address year round. Highlighting these issues during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and World Suicide Prevention Day provides a time for people to come together and display the passion and strength of those working to improve the lives of the millions of Americans that can benefit from honest discussions about mental health conditions and suicide. In fighting for those living with mental illness there is still much more that needs to be done and more ways to get involved.

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If you or someone you know may need a mental health assessment, anonymous online tools are available. Learn more and help yourself or someone you care about.- See more at: http://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Suicide-Prevention-Awareness-Month#sthash.amykSYyy.dpuf