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Possible Link Between Divorce And Suicide For Children

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So sad!

It looks like divorce does more damage than we thought. New research shows that kids with split parents are more likely to suffer from suicidal thoughts and ideation, with boys taking it a bit harder than the girls.

In the study conducted by Esme Fuller-Thompson, a sample of 6,647 adults had 695 of the participants having lived through a parental break up before they turned 18. The sad, sad findings were that the men who had experienced divorce as kids were three times more prone to having major suicidal thoughts! Definitely not good!

When asked about how divorced parents should handle this information, Fuller-Thompson had this to say:

I don't want everyone to panic, every divorced mom to go into an apoplectic fit! The vast majority of divorced children have never been suicidal. It's just one factor among many. You want it to be replicated many times before you really know what's going on. It seems to indicate that health professionals should use this as one more screening tool, particularly among men, particularly if they're depressed. We need to think a little more creatively about how to build resilience in children as they're experiencing parental divorce.

We couldn’t agree more with her in regards to building resilience. If you or anyone you know are having issues with suicidal thoughts and depression, please please please talk to someone!!

There are many tools and resources to help fight this off without drastic measures! Websites like The Suicide Prevention Life Line (which also has a hotline: 1-800-273-TALK) and SAVE are available to help!

Our thoughts go out to all those kids going through a divorce!

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