Students, Suicide, and What Parents Can Do
Today’s parents must be aware that while growing up is hard, students are facing increased pressures
January 8, 2021
Most high school and college students struggle while trying to succeed in the classroom, fit in with their peers, and cope with all the highs and lows of growing up.
Advice for Parents
While all children are at risk for depression and the symptoms that accompany it, many parents are unaware of the signs that their kids are struggling. Other parents may also be in denial, refusing to believe their children are experiencing anything other than the normal ups and downs of young adulthood.
Parents need to be aware of the stresses that may put their children at risk.
For example, young adults with previously diagnosed mental health conditions are more likely to consider suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Children with a history of trauma, those who have had a family member attempt or commit suicide, LGBTQ kids, and members of minority groups are also more vulnerable.
In interacting with their kids, parents need to become more engaged and aware. Listen more than talk—and take your child’s words seriously.
A young adult who says they feel trapped or “can’t go on this way” may mean exactly what they say. Do not ignore these words. Instead, express your concern and emphasize your willingness to help. Tell your child that, together, you can address these problems and move forward.