“I want to kill myself”

“Kill yourself, kill yourself, kill yourself”. That’s the constant chant which goes on inside the brain of someone who is suicidal. I know, because I’ve survived such thoughts. I’ve looked at tall buildings and wanted to throw myself off. I’ve looked at ropes or ties and tried to figure out how to hang myself. I’ve watched trains go by, thinking, just... one... step. Suicide is rarely an impulse, but often the accumulation of weeks or months of fantasising about it. Not all kids are suicidal, but how do we, as parents, recognise when our children aren’t coping?

Bullying, teasing, failure and more

In the past week alone, one teen who was teased for failing took her own life, and another attempted to do so, the latter after her father had called her “stupid” when she, too, had failed Grade 10.

Parent24 has covered the topic of suicide in detail. Why not check out our lists of warning signs and resources relating to depression and suicide:

  • Depressed teens: What to watch out for and where to go for help
  • Kids who choose death: Resources and warning signs
  • Bullying, stripping and suicide: What is allowed and what is not allowed in schools
  • Twitter suicide for abused girl: How to observe your child’s social media accounts for warning signs
  • Migraines and the suicide risk: Sometimes physical pain may induce suicidal thoughts
  • Gay teens and the suicide risk: How additional pressure can affect your child
  • Teen suicide attempts: How can your teen (and family) recover from a suicide attempt?
  • How can I recover? How to help your child deal with the grief of losing a friend to suicide
  • Teen’s suicide after heartbreaking video: Being bullied can become unbearable
  • Need to talk or share experiences? Chat to other users on the Parent24 Forums

You may not think it could ever happen to your child, but even supposedly “perfect” children may, at some time, have suicidal thoughts. Do investigate what to look out for- it could save your life, the life of your child or the lives of others.

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