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What can you do to watch a child to make sure they don't attempt suicide again?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Lisa Durette
Neurology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Constant supervision
It's most important to insure the child is in a safe environment - whether at home or in a treatment facility.
The parent/guardian needs to be able to provide constant supervision and monitoring. The environment itself needs to be safe: lack of access to weapons, medications (even over-the-counter ones), sharp objects. Ongoing treatment is also crucial to symptom improvement.

In brief: Constant supervision
It's most important to insure the child is in a safe environment - whether at home or in a treatment facility.
The parent/guardian needs to be able to provide constant supervision and monitoring. The environment itself needs to be safe: lack of access to weapons, medications (even over-the-counter ones), sharp objects. Ongoing treatment is also crucial to symptom improvement.
Dr. Lisa Durette
Dr. Lisa Durette
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It takes balance
Fortunately, strong suicidal feelings rarely last very long, especially in teenagers.
But, someone who has made a suicide attempt before is more likely to do so again. If at all possible, partner with the part of the adolescent that wants to stay alive--if there weren't some part that did, he or she would be dead. Have them help think about would will keep them safe if the urge returns.

In brief: It takes balance
Fortunately, strong suicidal feelings rarely last very long, especially in teenagers.
But, someone who has made a suicide attempt before is more likely to do so again. If at all possible, partner with the part of the adolescent that wants to stay alive--if there weren't some part that did, he or she would be dead. Have them help think about would will keep them safe if the urge returns.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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