Parents can play a key role in preventing suicide

suicide girl picture photoNational Suicide Prevention Week is September 7-13, and Family Service & Guidance Center wants to remind parents about the role they can play in preventing a tragedy.
 
“Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among teens in Kansas,” Brenda Mills, FSGC Chief Executive Officer, said. “Anytime a child or teen threatens or attempts suicide, parents should take that very seriously. Don’t wait and hope things get better. Call someone who can help.”
 
Parents should be aware of warning signs, including:
 
  • Talking about suicide or death in general
  • Talking about “going away”
  • Referring to things they “won’t be needing” and giving things away
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or guilty
  • Pulling away from friends and family
  • Losing interest in favorite activities
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Drug use, drinking or self-harm
 
Mills said that a child or adolescent engaging in any of these activities may not necessarily be suicidal, but it’s best to err on the side of caution.
 
“I would always encourage a parent to call Family Service & Guidance Center to get help in accurately assessing their child’s risk of suicide,” she said.
 
Family Service & Guidance Center’s crisis experts are available to address parents’ concerns 24 hours a day, seven days a week. FSGC’s number is 785.232.5005. In the event of a life-threatening emergency, however, parents should always call 911.
 
For more information on FSGC or about any of FSGC’s programs or services, contact Pam Evans, Director of Marketing & Development, at 785.232.7902 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

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