Talking to Young Children About Suicide: Part Four – More Do’s

More Do’s

1. BE HONEST – Children know when they are being lied to.

2. Dispel myths

3. Retell good memories

4. Emphasize suicide is a mistake – there is ALWAYS someone who can help.

5. Let the child know (if age appropriate) that suicide is NOT transmitted through the family’s generational patterns.

6. If the child asks a question and you don’t know the answer look him/her in the eye and tell him/her “I don’t know.”  You have just conveyed a sense of honesty and a willingness to get down to his/her level.

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