Communicating with a teenager who is in crisis and may be thinking about suicide is difficult, especially if it is your own child. You will need to reassure her that help is available and that you will assist her in finding the right help. Be careful you do not take over and try to ‘fix’ things for your child.
Making significant changes can be a long process and there will be some bumps along the way. The journey begins with a conversation. It will take courage, time, space, patience and skill to start this conversation.
- Make a time to have the conversation when you will not be interrupted.
- Be flexible about the amount of time that you set aside
- Choose a place where there will be no distractions.
- Choose a place that offers comfort and privacy