Our Young Children & Suicide Prevention: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers

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Learning that your elementary-aged child is thinking about self-harm or using language that signals suicide is frightening and disorienting. Thankfully, suicide is preventable and there are many things that you as parents and caregivers can do to help keep your children safe. This resource is designed to help parents and caregivers prevent suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STBs), recognize the warning signs of STBs, and, when necessary, intervene early and effectively to keep their child safe.


What’s inside the guide?

  • Myths and facts about STBs among elementary-aged children 
  • Recognizing signs and symptoms of STBs
  • Responding effectively to keep your child safe, including sample language and concrete actions
  • Preventing STBs
  • Considerations for BIPOC and LGBTQ children and their unique needs


March 8, 2023
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