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How to Deal with Suicidal Thoughts in a Child

Learn how to deal with suicidal thoughts in a child from Dr. Kimberly Williams in this Howcast video.


It's not common for a child to express suicidal words or statements or actions. In fact, this should be taken very seriously. Sometimes parents make the mistake of saying, "This was a cry for attention," or, "My child just wanted to get their way." One thing I must say is that if a child is expressing any type of suicidal commentary or actions, you must get to a clinical professional immediately. Contact your pediatrician or someone at the school, and let them know how to guide you. Children who are verbalizing or making suicidal statements, very likely have some type of underlying distress that needs to be addressed immediately. This is very serious. If your child makes a suicidal statement, comment or gesture, please seek out the help of a clinical professional immediately. And these are a few helpful tips on how to help your child who may be having suicidal expressions.

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