8 STEPS TO HELP YOU TALK TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT MENTAL WELLNESS
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Do you think Suicide is preventable? Many factors and circumstances can contribute to someone’s decision to end his or her life. Find out how to recognize the warning signs and learn the importance of talking about suicide.
Approximately 11 people will end their lives by suicide today in Canada. Awareness is essential to changing this behaviour. Understanding why people consider suicide and attempt to take their own lives is the start to helping with the solution.
It has been cited that suicide is preventable. Most people who attempt suicide want to live, however, but are overcome with emotional pain and cannot see any other way to handle a situation that may seem overwhelming and impossible to bear. Most people who die by suicide give definite warning signs of experiencing thoughts of suicide. This is one reason learning to recognize these signs and how to respond to them is so important. Talking about suicide does not cause someone to experience thoughts of suicide or increase the risk. Showing genuine concern by asking about suicide directly can be part of an immediate intervention.
Four out of five people who die by suicide have made at least one previous attempt. Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social and ethnic boundaries. Males die by suicide more than three times as often as females. Three times more women than men attempt suicide.
Suicidal crises are almost always temporary.
Although it might seem as if your sadness will never end, it is important to realize that crises are usually time-limited. Solutions are found, feelings change, unexpected positive events occur. Suicide is sometimes referred to as “a permanent solution to a temporary problem.” Don’t let suicide rob you of better times that will come your way when you allow more time to pass.
If you are a Parent take time out to understand the overall picture of your child, I know that as a Mother, I myself am guilty at times of not looking at the bigger picture. This is very important for parents to understand. As a parent, you can't protect your kids from stress — but you can help them develop healthy ways to cope with stress and solve everyday problems.
As a matter of fact, I still have to figure out ways to cope and manage situations that arise. The challenge will always remain the same. Learning how to cope with situations when they arise is the KEY. The ability to cope is a learned behavior.
Quite often we say END THE STIGMA but rarely I find that PEOPLE DON'T REALLY understand what that really means. One simple step for all, is being aware of situations that may cause stress for others. By doing so you can continue the conversation by asking this question HOW ARE YOU FEELING RIGHT NOW? This will give an opportunity for an individual to reflect on how they are feeling which may help change their current feelings of distress.
These tips can be used interchangeably for any age Remember YOU ARE A ROLE MODEL is not just a word we can all learn better ways of coping with the stressors in our live. This is a daily challenge for many.
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Parents can't solve every problem as kids go through life. But by teaching healthy coping strategies, you'll prepare your kids to manage the stresses that come in the future. Self-esteem is more than just seeing your good qualities. It is being able to see all your abilities and weaknesses together, accepting them, and doing your best with what you have.
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