Resources for Parents of Students in Crisis

Below are some helpful resources that parents can use to help a student in crisis:

Is Your Child at Risk for Suicide? Here are some warning signs to look out for:

  • Hopelessness
  • Statements of suicidality, preoccupation with death
  • Writing, music, or art focused on death
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Withdrawing from family and friends/ isolation
  • Acting out / aggression
  • Neglecting personal appearance
  • Running away from home
  • Increased drive for “perfection”
  • Risk taking behavior
  • Failing grades or not making grades that are “expected”
  • Being bullied / bullying
  • Problems on social media
  • Substance use / abuse
  • Peer pressure
  • Loneliness

If you suspect your child is thinking about suicide what should you do?

  • Take all threats of suicide seriously and reach out for help immediately
  • Hotlines/Crisis Center are a good place to start to help assess level of severity and resources
  • Express empathy (even if you can’t relate to the issue or you think they are being dramatic)
  • Discuss healthy coping and problem-solving skills
  • Stay connected with your child
  • Connect your child with a professional who can help
  • Remove any firearms from your home until the crisis has passed