Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Teen Suicide

I was shocked to hear on CNN yesterday about the suicide deaths of three fifteen-year-old boys in a small town in Northern Ireland, all from the same school and all in the same month. Even more shocking is there is some evidence that the boys were part of an online suicide pact. As you can well imagine the town is in hysterics wondering if there are more deaths to come.

This just shows how important it is to know what is going on in our children's heads. Many parents have no clue that their children are depressed and contemplating suicide because kids are so good at hiding the pain. We all need to sit down with our kids and find out what is going on in their lives and if day to day stresses are getting the better of them. They want to please us and so may want to show us that they are handling things when that is not the case at all. Make a point to talk to your kids on a daily basis and look for signs that something may be bothering them. Sometimes there are subtle clues, we just need to look for them.

All the best


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