The most important gift you can give your child is the gift of character development. The gift of honoring curiosity, exploration, inner divinity, and the power of hopefulness. So many children do poorly because that is the best they know how. So many children need support, not because anything is wrong OTHER than what happened to them. Many parents are doing the best they can AND they need to do better. The greatest things we can do support our suicidal children in crisis is to pay attention to process not content. And if we find them in crisis we have waited too long. The signs and symptoms were there long before the crisis. I live and work in El Paso County Colorado, where adolescents have the highest suicide rates. Breaks our hearts so please ponder what you think is most important for our community.

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