The trend of suicide among children and young people is increasing rapidly due to choice and some such issues.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) report, more than 13,000 people have committed suicide in Pakistan from 2012 to 2019. While according to some investigations, suicide is the second-leading explanation for death among fifteen to twenty-nine-year-olds.
Suicide incidents of teenagers, children, and young people appearing in newspapers and other media are certainly enough to warn parents. The causes of the incidents are not only minor but also indicate that they are the decision is not taken overnight. But there are countless symptoms that are being overlooked.
The important thing is that more than 80% of young people or children who are thinking of suicide want others to know about their suicidal tendencies and try to ‘stop’ them.
How to know the symptoms of suicidal tendencies in children?
It is the parents’ primary responsibility to build the role of children so that they can cope with different situations better. It is important that parents closely monitor the social, emotional and physical needs of their children. And be careful with love.
It is important that parents be mentally and emotionally alert so they can see or feel the symptoms of suicide within their children ahead of time.
According to the experts, the following are the 7 basic symptoms that indicate a child’s tendency to commit suicide.
7 basic symptoms of suicide are:
1. Finding such things as helplessness, hopelessness, embarrassment or personal dislike
2. Changes in bedtime and mood as well as the tendency to be alone
3. Losing interest in friends, activities or hobbies
4. To develop a tendency to harm oneself or others
5. Symptoms of anxiety or depression
6. Increase in aggression or anger
7. Mentioning yourself dead, disappearing, etc.
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What should parents do?
Most importantly, listen carefully to the child’s problems, make him or her feel that you are the closest and most important person in the world to him or her.
It is important for parents to have an open and trusting relationship with their children. It is important that you talk to your child in a consistent manner during which the child may share his / her problems and concerns with you. Assures the child that ‘there is always someone who listens and understands it’.
Talk about suicide:
If the child knows that this is an incident related to suicide, make it an opportunity for the child to explain it, not to be shy or afraid. But to encourage the child to express his or her thoughts and feelings.
Get feedback from Baby Circle:
Get feedback about your child from your child’s friends, their parents. And teachers, especially when you feel that children are having a problem.