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.