Brianne Matthews: Of Softball, Sorrow
We really need to be "In Tune" to our kids. So many young lives are taken by suicide. If your child is talking about death, listen to them. They may be crying out for help. There were many signs here with this child and it was missed, as so many don't realize. On the outside they may seem happy, but when they discuss something that is totally out of characteristic for them, be alert. Talk to your children to make sure they are doing okay, and not putting too much pressure on themselves.
This is a serious problem. Some parents don't believe in mental illness. Some think that kids just talk. Many times they are crying out for help in the only way they know how without coming right out and saying it. If your child is unhappy, then you really need to be listening to them. Swallow your pride if need be and get them the help they so deserve.
I'm not saying that the parent ignored her daughter. Not the case, but she unknowingly missed some significant signs, along with others. We assume all is good with our kids when they are doing well in school and other things. Friends as well need to be alert to odd behaviors of their friends. Something that happens out of characteristic.
Let's take a stand against child suicides. Let's let these kids know we care about them and are there to listen to them. Let's incourage our children to talk to us about anything; that they don't have to be alone with their thoughts.
Let's pray that we the parents, grandparents, friends are given the insight to notice there is something wrong and children are not needlessly taking their own lives.