Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 4828 Are my children at higher risk for future problems because of this death? Due to factors such as genetics, learned behavior, and social environment, having a family member die by suicide may put children at greater risk for suicidal thoughts. However, when adults allow children to express their emotions, when they set consistent and clear boundaries, and when they meet their children’s cognitive and physical needs, children are likely to thrive, even in the face of grief. How will I know if my child needs professional help? While most children and teens are ultimately able to adapt after a suicide loss, some are at risk for developing depression, difficulties at school, anxiety, or other challenges.While friends, family, or a support group may provide enough help for most children, some may benefit from working with a qualified mental health professional. Changes in a person’s sleeping patterns, eating habits, emotions, and behaviors are common after a death, but they become more concerning if they interfere with day-to-day life. Here are some indicators that children may need professional support: • Loss of interest in hobbies and friends • Ongoing difficulty sleeping or eating • Engaging in high-risk behaviors • Aggressiveness toward themselves (e.g., engaging in self-harm) or others (e.g., getting into fights) • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors