“Suicide Prevention,” Ensign, September 2018
Some might think that the topic of suicide prevention is too heavy for our children, but the sad reality is that in some places, suicide is currently the leading cause of death for youth and children as young as 10. We can’t afford to ignore the topic just because it’s hard to talk about! Contrary to popular belief, talking about suicide does not make things worse—honest, open communication can do just the opposite.
To support suicide prevention month and World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, all the Church magazines are running content about suicide prevention, with the hope that you can use it to have meaningful, age-appropriate conversations with your children. For young children, this could mean talking about related topics such as bullying, feelings, and the blessing of having a body. Here are articles from the Friend you could use to talk to the children you love.
We teach children how to help their bodies heal—do we also help them understand how to heal emotionally? Use this object-lesson activity to talk about feelings and healing.
When a girl starts making popular friends, she starts ignoring a longtime friend. Use this story to teach the importance of including instead of excluding others.
A classmate makes fun of Demi for being so tall. Demi prays and is able to forgive the classmate and feel good about herself. Use this story to talk about bullying, kindness, and how our bodies are beautiful gifts from God.
Elena knows that her friend struggles with depression. She buys her a butterfly necklace to remind her that she is loved.