Preventing Teen Suicide

January 15, 2010

Dr. Daniel Fallon

Preventing teen suicide and self harm

Children and adolescents are impulsive.  When they are frustrated, angry or fearful they may act out or feel hopeless. This is dangerous.  As parents, you must be alert to the possibility that your troubled child or adolescent may purposely harm him or herself.

Do NOT take this lightly

Do NOT ignore or underestimate the youth’s ability to up the ante if you are changing the house rules, putting into place a challenging Behavior Management System, setting new limits, or restraining yourself from getting into familiar power struggles.  You, as parents, must collaborate and agree to support one another in this process.  Talk with your child, be understanding, do not blame, preach or threaten.

What to Watch For

Be alert for warning signs:

What to Do If You’re Concerned About Your Child’s Safety:

When you see the above warning signs…

With the support and guidance of caring professionals, friends and family, you are more likely to be able to give your child the support he or she needs, when he or she needs it.

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