Kids who have parents who are more involved are less likely to consider suicide.
“Parents ask us all the time, ‘What can we do?’” said Keith King, who coordinates the University of Cincinnati’s health promotion and education doctoral program. “Kids need to know that someone’s got their back, and unfortunately, many of them do not. That’s a major problem.”
I’ve noted before that there is research that shows kids without this knowledge are more likely to engage in drinking, drugs and other destructive behavior, and are more likely to be targeted by predators. All of these risks could be cut down by simply having a stable, open, and supportive relationship with parents.
If we want’ to figure out what has changed over the years and why there is such an increase in mental health issues and abuse, this would be a good place to start.