Anxiety in Kids
If a child has persistent feelings of worry and fear, it could ...
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Common warning signs are:
Withdrawing from others
Increased alcohol or drug use
Not doing things they use to enjoy
Self-harming behaviours like cutting
Increased risk-taking or recklessness
Dramatic changes in mood, including being suddenly happy
Giving away possessions, saying goodbye or writing a note
Talking about death or suicide (even in a joking way)
Having the means to end their life such as medication or weapons
Feeling like a burden to others – “You would be better off without me”
Talking about feeling worthless, hopeless, alone or having no reason to live
Hints they are thinking about suicide such as “I’d like to go to sleep and never wake up”
How you can help your child with thoughts of suicide:
It’s OK to seek help for yourself.
Reaching out for professional support is important for your wellbeing and the wellbeing of your child.
Looking after yourself means that you can be more available and responsive to help your child get through this.
- Samuel*, 17
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