Parents play an important role in supporting their child. During adolescence, children begin to share less with their parents and teachers, and confide in their peers about problems they face. It is important that parents are aware of risk and protective factors regarding suicide.
If you believe your child is experiencing thoughts of suicide, it is important to address the issue directly:
- Ask your child, “Are you thinking about hurting yourself?”
- Be empathic towards your child with his or her answer. Let them know you are there for them.
- Provide support to your child considering suicide by taking them to the emergency room for an evaluation.
- Provide ongoing support through mental health counseling either through the school or in the community so your child can receive help with their suicidal thoughts.
- Get support for yourself by seeking out counseling or parent support groups.
- Familiarize yourself with the warning signs and protective factors around suicide.
- Be aware of community resources that specialize in assisting youth with thoughts of suicide.
Compared to non-LGBTQ youth, LGBTQ youth are 8 times more likely to have attempted suicide and six times more likely to have a higher level of depression. When there is an attempt, LGBTQ youth tend to have suicide attempts that are more serious than other youth.
LGBTQ Youth - Beyond the Acronym
LGBTQ Statistics - L.A. and National
State Guidelines to Support LGBTQ in Schools
Risk Factors Associated with LGBTQ Youth
Coming Out Process and Youth Vulnerability
How Schools Can Be Proactive Through the Use of Anti-Bias Curriculum
Message to Parents and Their Role in Supporting Their LGBTQ Child
Importance of Policy and Practice in School Districts to Establish a Safe School Environment, including the Development of Project 10
Resources for Youth with Questions About Sexual/Gender Identity
Recommendations for Administrators with Questions and Other Resources
Dealing with Discomfort and Ending Bias
Conclusions Regarding Impact of Working with Youth