The parent’s role is to oversee that their child is on the right track. They need to let their children know and understand that part of living is to experience ups and downs. There are times when we feel low because of circumstances, but they should know that it will not last forever. That at the end of the tunnel, there is light. Every problem has a silver lining. And as long as there’s life, there’s always hope. Parents nowadays should understand that their children are unique, and their feelings should always be valued and heard. Parenting is a two-way street where the parent and the children meet half way to understand both their wants and needs, and to make sure that everything is communicated properly. Also, the most important part as a concerned citizen is to make others aware of it. That if they need help, someone is always there and is willing to extend their helping hand without any judgements. As an individual who is willing to preserve the lives of others, it is a big step to start educating and teaching children this at a young age.
As parents it a conversion we don’t want to have but one we must have. Your child should know where help is available, who they can call if needed and to be aware of their friends and how they are feeling too. This may not necessarily relate to your own child but a relatives or friends, or someone you just know might need help. We only have one life to live, who else would help watch over and preserve the lives of one another but us, right?
There are a number of ways to get help and ask for assistance:
• To get help 24/7, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467. If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, phone 000 for emergency services.
• Kids Helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5-12 years. Call their phone counselling service at 1800 55 1800.
• Go to www.lifeinmindaustralia.com.au for help talking about suicide, and to read and sign the National Communications Charter.
Everyday is a new day and is a gift that should be cherished!