For many of us, our spiritual leaders are a natural first place to turn in times of mental health challenges. They know us and our families, they are often a comforting presence, and offer a trusted and wise counselor.
The devastating statistics on teen suicide are startling, and should be taken seriously by any parent, especially if your child has existing mental health issues. Suicide is, sadly, the second leading cause of death (after traffic fatalities) for teenagers in the U.S., accounting for eight deaths per 100,000 teens.
Your child is struggling. As a mom, your heart probably hurts to see them going through this. And you’d do anything to make it go away. Unfortunately, wishing it away is not going to solve anything. There are, however, three specific things you can do to really help a child dealing with mental health issues – and help yourself and your whole family in the process.