Understanding Suicide, Supporting Children Video (2020 Edition)
In the United States, a person dies of suicide every 12 minutes. That’s five people every hour, leaving over a quarter of a million family members to grieve their deaths. Understanding Suicide, Supporting Children (26 minutes) provides insight on the experiences of children and families after a suicide death, and offers ways to support them. The video and guide are resources for professional trainings, as well as for general viewing by anyone who wants to better understand how to help those who are grieving.
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"For anyone who has ever doubted the capacity of children to integrate the experience of a loved one’s suicide, “Understanding Suicide: Supporting Children” offers powerful, moving, and reassuring testimony that this is exactly what they’re capable of when their experiences and feelings are addressed openly and honestly in an age-appropriate manner. Whether you’re a clinician, parent, or a teacher faced with a child who is dealing with a loved one’s suicide, this film provides us with a compelling message of hope and healing: supporting a child or adolescent through their healing journey will help us all stretch and grow while we play an important role in reducing the increased risk of suicide for the most vulnerable suicide loss survivors."
Christine Moutier, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention