Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

Parents May Be Slow To Act On Suicide Risk

PHILADELPHIA, (UPI) — Rural parents may be slow to act if told their children may be at risk of suicide, U.S. researchers said.

Study co-authors Jonathan Singer of Temple University and Karen Slovak of Ohio University said interviews with clinicians suggest frank discussion of guns is key to helping rural families with children at risk of suicide.

“The clinicians — including social workers and counselors — told us guns were so prevalent in their communities, they were just part of the furniture,” Singer said in a statement. “So a big part of their job is making the invisible, visible.”

Once a clinician determines a child is at risk for suicide, it is up to the parents to bridge the gap between the clinician’s initial assessment and follow-up treatment — which might include anything from short-term therapy to hospitalization to long-term counseling and medication — the researchers said.

Parents would often be resistant, play down the risk, or be in shock at the news their child might be suicidal, the study found. In addition to addressing these barriers, physicians must address the immediate safety issue of a gun in the home, Singer said.

“In rural areas, we don’t need to educate parents about guns. Everyone knows how they work. Instead we need to remind families they have guns and they are lethal,” Singer said. “The conversation needs to focus on keeping guns secure and limiting access to guns. Clinicians need to say, ‘Your son could use one of your guns to kill himself.’”

The findings were published in the journal Child & Family Social Work.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Parents May Be Slow To Act On Suicide Risk”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.