- Talking to elementary students about death:
- Talking to young children about suicide:
- Key points to keep in mind when talking to young children about suicide:
From the Psychology Today article:
"Our thoughts and feelings come from our brain, and sometimes a person’s brain can get very sick – the sickness can cause a person to feel very badly inside. It also makes a person’s thoughts get all jumbled and mixed up, so sometimes they can’t think clearly. Some people can’t think of any other way of stopping the hurt they feel inside. They don’t understand that they don’t have to feel that way, that they can get help.
What's instructive about thinking about talking to children about death, and about suicide deaths in particular, is that so much of what I might tell my child is probably what I should keep in mind when talking with adults, too.
- Keep it simple, factual, and focused
- Remember that talking about death is frightening
- Keep an open mind to questions
- Explain mental illness as you would physical illness, without blame or judgment