First, let me just say that if you are a parent of a teen or even an early adult, you should spend some time reading the entire article below, and making note of the resources they link to.
Secondly, let’s talk about what you can do in a broad scope:
“Creating a supportive, cohesive home environment is key. As is the case with many difficult topics, talking about it openly, honestly, and with patience and kindness can reduce the risk,” says Chedd. “It signals to your child that it is okay to talk about this topic (or any other) and that they can come to you for help, no matter how big a problem they are facing.”
We have said often that the best prevention we can offer is to simply keep people connected to those around them. When you’re talking about teens, staying connected to them as parents is vital. When it’s a friend, another family member, an adult, a kid, etc. the best thing we can offer is staying connected with them.
That connection, that knowledge that they are not, in fact, going through this pain alone can make all the difference.
Why not offer it?