How to Talk to Children About Suicide

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Negative Self-Talk

A blog post by our own Aimee White, author of the Nitty Gritty of Anxiety blog, is generating email comments today. It's titled: "Overcoming Negative Self-Talk with a Writing Exercise." Most of the emails center on how negative self-talk eventually destroys your self-esteem.

Trauma psychologist, Dr. Kathleen Young, describes negative self-talk as a "sense that one is innately bad. It often shows up as a sort of running inner monologue detailing your shortcomings." Unfortunately, negative self-talk tends to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. You talk badly about yourself, others act badly towards you, you lose faith in your abilities and yourself, and your life begins to spiral downhill.

If this sounds familiar to you, it's important to spot negative self-talk and figure out where that's coming from and then engage in positive self-talk. Among other things, cognitive therapy focuses on helping people talk to themselves more positively.

More Information on Negative and Positive Self-Talk

Self-Help for Negative and Optimistic Thinking

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"How to Talk to Children About Suicide" On HealthyPlace TV

At the age of 4, Dr. Nancy Rappaport, now a child psychiatrist, was left motherless after her mother committed suicide. The impact it had on her as a child and adult, her family's silence on the matter, and how to discuss this very sensitive subject with your child should the need arise -- on this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

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Watch the interview on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show website. On-demand after next Tuesday.

Still to Come in April on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2010, April 21). How to Talk to Children About Suicide, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 14 from

Last Updated: September 5, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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