If you are in a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-74
The BRI Project wants every child to know they are not alone and their are options. As adults most of us can put up with bad day after bad day, as we are conditioned and empowered to control our environment. We also can make our own decisions. Kids on the other hand have a very limited ability to control their environment and have the same limits as to their ability to make independent decisions. It can take as little as 7 bad days in a row without any change in environment to give a child the impression of hopelessness and therefore fail to see a way out of the environment without some drastic irrational decision. But this is a decision that kids can make that no one else can influence...They are in control which is what they typically fail to feel they have in their own environment. Keep this in mind when you talk to your kids about bad days or circumstances. Talk through solutions with them and never discount bad stretches they may have... It is obviously not this simple, but most of the time the child does not really want an end to life, but just an end to the current circumstances they cannot control...
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