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 4836 FACILITATING THE RETURN TO SCHOOL How can I support my teen’s return to school? Some teens will choose to go back to school quickly after the death, finding the routine and structure comforting; others may need more time. Give your teen a reasonable timeframe for returning to school. Prepare them for some of the challenges they may face, and develop strategies for dealing with them. Lack of concentration and focus Emotions coming on without warning Peer rejection and/or hurtful comments Outbursts Meet with the school counselor and teacher to come up with an adapted work plan; have a study buddy to help with assignments. Arrange with teachers to be allowed to leave class if needed; keep a journal or diary to write in when needed; establish a relationship with a school counselor or other school official they can check in with on a daily basis. Discuss ways to handle the comments; get support from friends who understand; find a support group of other teens who have experienced a suicide death (or a general bereavement group, if not available). Develop a plan for when strong emotions surface (e.g., take a walk, play a sport); establish routines and boundaries; find support with a mental health professional or support group.