Child Suicides from Bullying
are Absolutely Preventable
Bullying can have devastating effects on our kids. They often suffer from significant mental and emotional pain and suffering, leading to a variety of negative outcomes. The most drastic and dire of those consequences is when a child dies by suicide, which is the second leading cause of death among young people. Parents are often left wondering what they could have done to help prevent the situation. The good news is that child suicides from bullying are absolutely preventable.
Who is to Blame?
When such a tragedy occurs, parents and loved ones try to make some sense out of it all. They often blame their child’s bullies, the schools and even themselves. They are left to wonder what they or others could have done to prevent such a tragic outcome. As with most negative situations, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
How Kids Deal with Their Mental and Emotional Pain
Their Natural Wiring is a Challenge
As human beings, we are wired to think in a certain way, automatically and reactively. According to our government’s National Science Foundation, we have up to 60,000 thoughts per day, with 80% of them being negative and 95% being repetitive. We relive our negative thoughts and experiences over and over again, every day.
Bullying is Just the Beginning of the Negative Process
It is true that bullies can say and do very unkind things. Yet it is what our kids do afterward, in their own minds, that is most devastating to them and their mental health. It is our kids’ automatic and reactive thinking, and the lack of skills they have to adjust their thinking, that causes most of the mental and emotional pain and suffering from bullying. Bullies may say negative things to kids five, ten, twenty, even fifty times. But kids repeat those ugly words back to themselves countless times daily, over and over.
Kids Look for Ways to Ease Their Pain and Suffering
Initially, kids may become withdrawn, anti-social and non-responsive. They may then turn to over-eating and the use drugs and alcohol to try to mask their pain. However, once the internal, negative self-talk becomes so bad, so overpowering, they feel they would rather be gone from this earth than hear those torturous words one more time.
Helping Kids to Shift Their Thinking is the Answer
Everyone Has the Ability to Rewire Their Brain
Neuroscientists have proven that every person, including children, can retrain their brain to think in a new and different way.
Teaching Kids to Activate Their Conscious Thinking is the Key
Kids have the ability to take back the power and control – over their thoughts, emotions, communication and behavior. This requires three primary things to accomplish this. They need to:
- Learn the specific skills necessary to shift their thinking.
- Practice and strengthen these new skills (just like exercising any new muscle).
- Have the support of their parents, family, friends and schools.
Rescue Our Kids Was Designed Specifically to Teach Kids and Adults These Needed Thinking Skills
Rescue Our Kids is a Missouri Nonprofit 501(c)3 Corporation that has 100% FREE online courses for kids and adults. The Prevention Video Course for Kids provides 10 Steps to Prevent the Mental and Emotional Pain and Suffering from Bullying. There is a follow-up, Self-Talk (MP#3) Audio File for Kids that will help them strengthen their skills on a daily basis. The Prevention Video for Adults provides 4 additional steps adults can take to support the process. There is also a follow-up, Self-Talk Audio File for Adults as well.
It is Time to Prevent All Child Deaths by Suicide From Bullying
When kids have learned and implemented the skills to shift their thinking, they can take control and stop turning over their life’s happiness to their bullies. This is how to prevent child deaths by suicide due to bullying. Once kids take their power back, they will always choose life.
Visit www.RescueOurKids.org and watch the videos for the children in your life. Let’s all do our part by helping to change the statistics and Rescue Our Kids!