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Suicide Prevention for Parents

As the parent of a college-age student, you already know that the college experience can be both an exciting and challenging time. There are many things to think about when it comes to your child’s college years – doing well academically, making friends, managing finances, staying safe, and planning for the future.

With all these opportunities and challenges, it is important to also think about your child’s emotional health.

In a recent survey by the JED Foundation, half of all college students said they had been so stressed that they couldn’t get work done at some point during the last semester, and emotional problems are cited by students as a leading impediment to academic success.

When unaddressed, these problems can have serious consequences – one in ten college students say they have seriously considered suicide during the last year.

If you think a student may be suicidal, please call the West Virginia State 24-Hour Helpline (844)435-7498 (844-Help4WV) anytime, day or night.

There are also other ways that you can help your student. Following the three steps below can help you begin to learn how to support a student going through depression or personal crisis. 

  • Take time to understand depression
  • Recognize risk factors for suicide
  • Know how to help (Adapted from “College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What To Do About It” © 2004 by Richard Kadison and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo, all rights reserved, published by Jossey-Bass, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons.)

The Jed Foundation offers programs and resources that will help you learn more about your child’s emotional health and what you can do to support them if they are struggling.

 

Psychology Today: Understanding Suicide and Self-Harm

 

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