Tough times and tougher teens
I am starting this Blog for the purpose of providing support for parents of teens who are having problems - which would include all parents! Seriously, I want to reach out to other moms and dads who are wrestling with issues like drug abuse, depression, cutting and suicide. You are NOT alone. Perhaps we can share our burdens on this road.
I read the book Reviving Ophelia when I taught high school and discovered the high number of girls who commit suicide every year. From the 16th century in which Shakespeare's doomed adolescent throws herself into the river to the 21st century classrooms and homes, girls are in trouble and often parents don't know how to help, or how to see the signs. In my daughters' case, the all-black ensembles - and that would include lipstick - and chains tipped me off just a bit. And note that was daughters, plural. But sometimes even knowing about your child's issues can't prevent one determined to make her own life-or-death statement.
Both of my beautiful, beloved, precious daughters made almost-fatal suicide attempts when they were 15, about four years apart. Both were in intensive care for a while. Both incidents changed our lives. Miraculously, they survived, their father, now my ex, survived, and are continuing to live and learn.
But I would not have even my worst enemy experience the abject terror of almost losing your child to a death by her own hand.