Lisa Selin Davis is the author of “Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to Be Different.” She has written for The New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and many other publications.
For nearly a year, most of our children have been navigating the new, difficult normal: social isolation; deeply stressed parents; the effects of financial uncertainty; school from home — or from WiFi-equipped school buses if they don’t have internet.
Reducing access to ‘lethal means’
Keep an eye on the kids
- The steps begin with asking in a direct and unbiased way: Are you thinking about suicide?
- Follow through and keep any promises you make — to call or to visit or to help — and be there emotionally (even if you can’t be there physically).
- Keep them safe, by finding out if they have an actual plan or have taken any steps toward suicide, so you’ll know what to do next, like going to an emergency room or removing access to their planned method.
- Help them connect to the NSPL, a therapist or other community resources.
- And follow up: Continue to check in with them, even after the crisis has passed.
Physical distance, social connection
Normalize the struggle
Meld hier aan om te kry Die uitslae is by Dr. Sanjay Gupta elke Dinsdag van die CNN Health-span.