This month the GORUCK Tribe Kids theme is ADVOCATE. As we discuss the difficult topic of suicide with children, we encourage grown-ups to be patient and advocate for children and teens by helping them feel safe and heard. There are different ways that we can enter that conversation depending on the child's age, maturity, and life experience. For younger children, encouraging them to express their emotions, especially when feelings are intense, gives them a safe outlet and space to work through what they are feeling with an adult. Being clear, and answering questions directly without providing metaphors or unclear explanations helps children frame reality. For older children, taking the same path is just as useful; letting older children talk about where they are and what they feel, then creating an open environment in which to talk through their emotions is the best way we can advocate for their mental health.
- 8 & UNDER // All Because You Matter by Tami Charles and Bryan Collier
- 8 & OLDER // The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall