WASHINGTON, D.C. (KNWA) — According to national statistics, the US loses more than two-thousand children and teens per year to suicide.
Experts said the start to a school year could be a trigger for children and teens.
The stress of making new friends, getting good grades and performing in sports may be overwhelming.
Suicide prevention experts said asking a child directly about suicidal thoughts is the best thing a parent can do to help their child open up.
Experts are offering these three tips to help talk about depression with kids.
One, do not wait for a crisis. There’s nothing wrong with talking to your kid about issues when things are going well.
Two, check in regularly. Ask your child often how they are feeling.
Lastly, pay attention to your kid’s mood and behavior.
These will be the best warning signs that something is wrong.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.