What should I do if I think my child/teen is having suicidal thoughts?

Q: What should I do if I think my child/teen is having suicidal thoughts?

 

A: If you suspect that your child is experiencing suicidal thoughts, it's crucial to provide immediate support and take appropriate action. Here are some steps you can follow:

 

1. Emergency Assistance: If you believe your child is in immediate danger, please call 911 or take them to the nearest emergency room for urgent evaluation and care.

 

2. Offer Support: Encourage your child to open up about their feelings and let them know that you are there for them. Showing empathy and care can help them feel supported and less isolated.

 

3. Avoid Judgment: It's important to refrain from using judgmental language or making them feel guilty. Instead, reassure your child that you understand their emotions and that you care deeply about their well-being.

 

4. Direct Communication: If you suspect suicidal thoughts but are unsure, it's okay to ask your child directly. Having an honest conversation can pave the way for seeking professional help and support.

 

5. Connect with Professional Help: At Spring Health, we offer crisis support for children and teens. You can reach our 24/7 helpline at 1-855-629-0554 (choose option 2) for immediate assistance and guidance.

 

Remember, your child's mental health is a top priority, and seeking help promptly is crucial. We are here to support you and your family through challenging times with compassion and understanding.



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