- Don’t let kids watch it alone
- Consider the age and maturity of your child before they watch it, even with you.
- Keep open communication, allow for kids to vent feelings.
- Seek professional help if you or your child is feeling suicidal
- Beware of the message that there is always someone to blame for a suicide
- Discuss the topic of suicide openly
- Do discuss with you child, what to do if your child witnesses bullying, assault or sexual assault
- Be prepared, the rape scenes are difficult to view, be prepared to discuss them
- If you see something, or think something is off, say something, talk to your kids
- The school counselor is portrayed in a poor light, discuss with your kids who they can talk to if talking to one adult does not work
- Consider the different ways kids get bullied and how it impacts them
- Know how the environment impacts your mood, seek healthy ways to cope
- Remember there are times we are all not happy or ok, we may look fine but not be fine, try and consider who you interact with during your day may be suffering and have an open, non-judgmental attitude.
So, in conclusion, keep an open mind and open communication and attitude with your kids, loved ones and friends on this subject, Rumor has it this series was not the conclusion, but more to come next season. Be kind to others as you do not know what they are going through, and be kind to yourself, this is challenging stuff. Here are a few re-sources, but please remember suicidal talk, gestures or thoughts should always be evaluated by a professional. Helping someone get to the help they need is an awe-some, yet often challenging thing to do.
- Lake County Crisis and Suicide Intervention Hotline, (24/7 service) 440-953-8255
- Victim Assistance Program, Care and Advocacy to victims of crime 440-350-2691 (24/7) 440-953-5823
- National Alliance of the Mentally ILL 800-950-6264
- United Way Information Call: 211
CATHRYN E. KNEZEVICH, M.ED., LPCC
DBT IOP DIRECTOR