Child suicide is a reality that few adults want to face and there is even little research on the subject. Probably it is because it is terrible to think that childhood that many consider a stage of happiness is not always like that for everyone.
Therefore, many questions crowd the heads of many families about the causes that cause these types of acts to occur in children. These are the signs that tell us that the child is thinking about suicide.
Suicide between 5-14 years is not one of the most likely causes of infant death in Spain, although it is true that from the age of 14 this possibility is a more feasible risk and it is considered one of the three most probable causes of death, especially when it comes to boys.
Adolescence is a critical time for the development of a child because it is at that moment when young people are subjected to more stress, question their identity, withdraw from the family and that makes them more unprotected when it comes to solving their problems effectively if they cannot find a solid support network such as friends or other family members.
However, these suicidal ideas don't come out of nowhere. Although those under 14 years of age are less likely than adolescents, they also have suicidal ideas, although they take them into practice less often.
Fortunately, suicide can be prevented with the proper advice and intervention of a specialist. Nevertheless, it is important to be aware of certain signs in childhood that can give us clues to ask for help from said professional.
- Poor social skills and they have a hard time asking for help or do it so subtly that it's hard to tell.
- More mature both physically and mentally.
- Inflexibility or cognitive rigidity: that is, children who find it difficult to change their behavior or give in to opinions other than their own.
- Pessimistic comments about "not living is worth living" or even some farewell note or letter and not to draw attention or get revenge in any way.
- Low self-esteem or shy: they feel useless for not seeing a way out of their problems.
- Children who have a family history of suicide or children who have a depression, other affective or conduct disorder they are more likely to have suicidal thoughts, although not all children with depression commit suicide.
- Suffer bullying At school, the risk increases, since many children feel defenseless in the face of teasing and violence from one of their classmates. Many do not see that solutions can exist because either they feel ignored by adults when they have tried to talk about it or they feel they are to blame for not knowing how to defend themselves.
- Previous suicide attempts or suicides by other people you know or have seen close to or in the media. There are profiles on social networks, images or comments in the media or on the internet that incite self-harm as the only effective solution to alleviate the anguish that is felt or there may even be children in their environment who have been seen making cuts and be curious.
- Repeat or miss a year of course: There are children who approach repeating as a failure, not only academically but also because they feel that they will never be able to pass the course, they will not be able to integrate with new classmates, they will lose their friends or they are afraid and shame of criticism from others.
- Change in your routines and appearance: It refers not only to having mood swings, but also that there is an alteration of the sleep pattern, difficulties with food, a more disheveled appearance ...
- Loss of a loved one: Grief is a difficult process for children to face, especially if the person who has died was a reference for that child. And although it is temporary, the feeling of pain can be so deep that it leads them to think these types of suicidal ideas.
- Divorce: Children can suffer a lot from a separation from their parents, it all depends on how the divorce is approached at home. Sometimes, they can experience it as a real loss, feeling disoriented because they don't want to choose between one or the other, and unprotected because they don't know who to turn to.
- Violence or abuse: If a child lives in a violent environment, either because he suffers that abuse or because he sees it in other members of the family. Children trust that adults will protect them and when that does not happen they feel helpless.
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