I haven’t been here. Life surely took a turn that I wasn’t ready to share. Then this past Monday happened. My son, 13 years old, tried to kill himself. He has been in a bad place for a significant period of his life. He has a therapist. He has sisters to talk to. He has his father. It wasn’t enough.
Yesterday, there was a family meeting at the hospital, the younger sibling excluded.
I have been searching for advice. Found most just about signs, which well I knew. Knowing signs is not the key. Knowing what works for others, suggestions on how to get out of this black hole- that would help. This site helped me: https://www.parentmap.com/article/suicidal-child-parenting-advice-support . The site Live through This lead me to know that I can not keep silent. Silence is killing. the best so far is A Voice at the Table.
And so upon telling neighbors, and acquaintances, I have learned that there are a host of people that I know that have struggled, are struggling. Such a weird and sad comfort. So incredibly sad that I never knew and would have never known unless I spoke about my son, my family.