How to Talk to Children About Suicide: An Age-by-Age Guide

“You can’t prompt suicide by talking about it or asking about it,” says Thea Gallagher, clinic director at the Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: Losing a teenager to suicide, before you even know anything is wrong. Parents may feel wary about talking about mental health and suicide with their children, but experts say it’s important. The Today Show provided an excellent in-depth look about how to talk to children about suicide from several experts in the field, click the link below to educate yourself on how to address this very sensitive and very important topic.

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