Understanding Suicide, Supporting Children
Each year, 30,000 Americans die of suicide, leaving behind families—and sometimes young children—left to cope. Understanding Suicide, Supporting Children (24 minutes) provides insight on the emotions and experiences that children, teens and families affected by a suicide death often go through, and offers ways to help. The DVD and guide are a resource for training purposes, or for general viewing by parents, therapists, counselors, and others.
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