What would it be worth to you for your child to live a long life and for you to live your life free from the fear of a future suicide attempt?
WHAT IS MY ROLE IN THIS PROGRAM
As the parent, you have a direct role in the program, and your role is crucial to the successful future of your child. Intensive Suicide Survivors Treatment (ISST) requires caregivers to participate in Parent Training. The training is included in the cost of ISST and offers tools to support your suicide survivor. Also, we believe it is critical for long-term change and success that caregivers participate in therapy and support groups outside of this training. This will allow you to focus on creating an environment of assertiveness, interdependence, collaboration, and healthy emotional release at home. The benefit is that you will notice positive changes in your entire home!
You are not in control of your child’s thoughts, emotions, behaviors, or their half of the relationship. However, you have great influence through your own thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and your half of the relationship. You can proactively plan to use your influence to be supportive in their healing process. Often we do not plan, we only react. Your influence in these reactive moments may not be helpful. The Parent Training discusses how to proactively use your influence for the good of your child and family.
WHAT CAN I DO TODAY
You are the parent of a child who has attempted suicide. Your story is yours, and we can only try to understand your experience of this. From working with other parents, I’m guessing you feel helpless. You feel like no one understands. You feel like everyone is blaming you for your child’s suicidal thoughts and behaviors. You feel afraid to say or do the wrong thing. You question if today will be the day you get “the call” with bad news. You are not sure what to do next, where to go, or whom to trust. Ultimately, you just want to feel that your child is safe and not in danger of future suicide attempts. The National Center for Suicide Survivors wants to be able to help you reach this goal. The following steps can ensure that you are on the path to success. Our Resource Page has more information.
Engage in mental health counseling for you and your child.
Explore whether psychiatric services / medication are necessary.
Included with Intensive Suicide Survivors Treatment.
Identify and engage in any additional support groups or services including:
Wrap-around support programs for youth up to 21 years old
Intensive In-patient Care
Community Support Groups
Facebook Support Groups
Church Support groups
Family and Friend Support