Part 2: Young Children & Suicide Prevention for Parents and Caregivers

This is a recording of Part 2: Young Children & Suicide Prevention for Parents and Caregivers

To raise awareness and support parent and caregiver’s prevention of suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STBs) in children, our Region 9 partnered with Dr. Meagan O’Malley, Frances Marion LCSW and Jessica Palacio LCSW to release Our Young Children & Suicide Prevention: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers  (March, 2023) This resource is for schools and mental health providers to distribute to parents and caregivers so they are equipped with the tools to recognize the warning signs of STBs, and, when necessary, intervene early and effectively to keep their child safe.

In Part 2 of the series, the authors of this guide walked school personnel through how to use the guide, discussed some of the risk factors for suicide, and provided coaching models for ways parents can talk with children about suicide in an age-appropriate way, as well as actions to take in securing professional help if a child is in danger.

Viewers of this video can benefit from the following learning objectives:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of risk factors and warning signs of suicide in young children.
  • Learn developmentally appropriate ways parents and caregivers can talk with their children about suicide.
  • Learn action steps parents and caregivers can take in responding to suicide risk in their children, including how to make their environments safer and connect children to professional support.
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