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Talking to Kids About Suicide

When children are affected by suicide they don't need details, but they do need honesty, says Dr. Nancy Rappaport. Secrecy can seriously undermine trust.  

Nancy Rappaport, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who works in the Cambridge, Massachusetts public school system and an assistant professor at Harvard University. Dr. Rappaport is also the author of In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide. Here she discusses the difficult but necessary task of talking about suicide with children if someone close to them has taken his or her own life.

For more advice read Helping Children Deal with Grief.

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