When a celebrity death is highly publicised, it may seem inevitable that children will hear about it, be it in passing or more detail. While children and teens may not have known about the celebrity beforehand, it can be virtually impossible to avoid hearing the speculation on social media and in the news.
Even if you are used to having frank conversations with your children, introducing them to mental health as a whole may seem tricky, let alone knowing how to bring up sensitive topics like suicide. It’s important to take the time to talk about suicide, to see how much children understand, to answer any questions they may have and, importantly, to reassure them.
Talking about suicide may be difficult, but it doesn’t give people the idea to do it