|Posted on February 15, 2014 at 5:45 PM|
In working with youth as a martial arts instructor, and as a counselor at church camps in the past, I've had occasion to know first-hand a young person that committed suicide. This is one of the things that has always made reaching today's youth a real passion of mine. Simply conveying hope for a bright future is something that can change the life of a young person.
Showing the impact of adults that care, in particular parental influence, a recent article referenced on ScienceDaily.com showed a correlation between being removed from parental homes and repeat suicide attempts.
"They were specifically interested in the risk of repetitions among the 179 youth who had been removed from their parental home.
The results found that these youth were two times more likely to repeat than their peers. 'This may mean that these youth benefited from the extra supports and services provided to them,' Dr. Rhodes said."
Even if you don't feel comfortable or it feels awkward, reach out to your kids. Even when you fall flat on your face, kids notice when we care.
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