In today's society, one of the most controversial topics in terms of necessary education is suicide. With such a topic that is taboo, it seems that solutions are limited in terms of dealing with suicide in general. However, there are solutions available, and here is some help with common questions relating to suicide.
▪Are there support groups available for friends/relatives of suicide victims?
As someone who has experienced a friend or relative commit suicide, there is a toll that is taken on not only you, but everyone else that this person had an impact on. The suicide hotlines and support groups that are available to those contemplating suicide are also available to those who have been affected by the suicide of someone in the past.
What's important to remember is that, no matter the state of their condition which led to doing what they did, you should never live life as if it's your fault.
▪What age is best to start when discussing a topic such as suicide?
Suicide rates have since skyrocketed in that part twenty years, with adolescents between the ages of 10 and 14 being most at risk for suicidal thoughts. No child is too young to be introduced to the rhetoric off suicide prevention, however a safe start for educators to discuss this would be middle-school age.
▪Are parents usually aware of the signs leading to their children committing suicide?
What many parents aren't aware of is that the leading cause of suicide is depression. What's more, parents are oblivious to three lives that some of their children live, especially during their adolescent to teenage years.
There has been a strong link between bullying and suicide, to the point where 160,000 children stay home from school every day for fear of being bullied. It is extremely important for parents to be aware of the signs, as discussed in our previous post.
Suicide is not an easy topic to talk about, but it is necessary to open up the rhetoric about something that could be potentially dangerous, affecting not only the person involved, but those that are associated with them. It's about time that suicide prevention education becomes the norm.
Association of American Educators. Retrieved from https://www.aaeteachers.org/index.php/blog/1633-the-benefits-of-teaching-suicide-prevention-in-schools