Should I talk to my child about a teen’s suicide?

Michele Borba
Though we want to protect our own children from such horrific news, please don’t. Our children need to know what to do if they hear or suspect a peer is depressed, bullied or even talking about ending their life. The sad truth is that bullying, depression and suicide affect our tweens and teens. Though childhood or teen suicide is rare, incidents of youth taking their lives due to bullying have been in the news recently. “Bullycide” is now the term for youth who have committed suicide because they were bullied.

We also know that most of the time before a teen commits suicide or homicide they do tell someone what they are planning – and usually the person they tell is a peer. Those are just a few reasons why we must talk to our children about these tough and painful subjects.
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