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Old 08-09-2017, 09:01 PM
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Yes. Grief counsellor is the title. There are also groups akin to AA, but for those who have had friends commit suicide. Group therapy has proven results.
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:54 AM
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Originally Posted by DrDanH View Post
A few more reasons to get a treating professional involved:

The professional will likely engage the teen and his/her family in the treatment process, to gather as much support as possible for the teen. [Acting alone, parents and other caring people often apply their own value judgments regarding suicide in an attempt to "educate" the survivor(s).]

The treating professional can also help assess the risk of suicide for the teen. Having a close friend commit suicide increases risk of suicide.
Please listen to this gentleman, I'm far too knowledgeable about all of this and copycat ( or whatever else you want to call it ) suicides, are far too frequent due to inadequate help.
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Old 08-10-2017, 04:42 AM
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Originally Posted by AsurfAholic View Post
I found my best friend after he hanged himself in high school. I think we were 14.

All I needed was to know that my own family loved me and was there for me. As a parent now, I feel that the way my family ran to me then has absolutely shaped the way I view life now.

I'm sure all the doctors would love to bill you enormous sums to be the "expert" but that's all baloney. You don't need an expert to show your child the love and support she needs.

Thank god you got what you needed with just the support of your family, but please don't mistake your own personal experience for the single measure of validity for mental health professionals effectiveness.

It's reckless to say that just because you had one experience without professional help that nobody else needs it either. God forbid you bring that mentality to a situation where you're the one responsible for making sure someone has adequate help.

There are people that break addiction, survive cancer, solve weight problems, and improve depression and anxiety on their own, but there are millions more who benefit greatly from seeking professional help. It's not a one-or-the-other argument.

If you think there aren't loving, supporting parents with children who have problems with suicide, depression, addiction, etc. you're kidding yourself.
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Old 08-10-2017, 05:39 AM
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Originally Posted by DrDanH View Post
A few more reasons to get a treating professional involved:

The professional will likely engage the teen and his/her family in the treatment process, to gather as much support as possible for the teen. [Acting alone, parents and other caring people often apply their own value judgments regarding suicide in an attempt to "educate" the survivor(s).]

The treating professional can also help assess the risk of suicide for the teen. Having a close friend commit suicide increases risk of suicide.

My wife is a clinical therapist, and she specializes in teen therapy. She deals with more than I would like to admit.
I think talking to a perfesonal is the way to go. You could see if there is someone in your area that specializes in children and teens.
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:00 PM
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If school has started in your town, they might offer grief counselors to students. But if your daughter needs something more, look up resources in your area on the American Foundation for a Suicide Prevention website: https://afsp.org/chapter/afsp-louisiana/. There's a lot of helpful information on that site in general. See if you can contact a counselor at school that can refer your daughter for some help.
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