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May 2, 2017

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Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Claire McCarthy, MD, is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to being a senior faculty editor for Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. McCarthy … See Full Bio
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May 14, 2017

Children love tradition, especially the tradition of people they love and respect. They think it’s okay to do what he does. Remember, fathers, you are raising children to be wives and husbands, parents and mothers of your grandchildren. Probably the same discipline techniques that you use with your children are most likely to be used to continue life.
I touched on this topic at my site and showed the responses of the children in it

May 11, 2017

This article, along with other informative links, were sent out to parents of our school district. And could not have come at a better time. My daughter has become the one many of her friends turn to about their suicidal feelings. I would NEVER tell her to disengage from these friends as obviously they need someone. But of course I worry about this type of weight on the shoulders of a 15 year old child and how it might affect her. I’m hopeful to find resources and information to provide her emotional support.

Noa Jahn
May 7, 2017

I am wondering why Dr. McCarthy has suppressed an important fact that the CDC reports on its website: “Suicide affects all youth, but some groups are at higher risk than others. Boys are more likely than girls to die from suicide. Of the reported suicides in the 10 to 24 age group, 81% of the deaths were males and 19% were females.” The suggested White House Council on Boys and Men would like to help struggling boys in the US. However, President Obama dismissed the idea to form this Council next to the White House Council on Women and Girls back on 2009.

Mr Robert Edmund Bright.
May 5, 2017

I have heard of the increase in young suicides for some time. I have wondered if the current paranoia about sexual exploitation has not tended to alienate adults from teens and younger children. The vast majority of adults such as myself would not exploit youngsters, but end to be afraid of being labeled as perverts if they do befriend them.
Two generations ago, when I was a kid, I knew adults, in particular a neighbouring farmer with whom I spent a lot of my time. We were able to talk freely with such older people and discuss problems and questions about life. Has this aid to growing up been stifled with a resulting burden on the youngsters that is showing itself in the rise in drastic acts such as suicide?
Robert Bright, UK.

May 9, 2017

You might be onto something. While it is important to protect children from abuse, the fact that young people are listened to when they report abuse or potential abuse these days must make them safer. So many people these days are suspicious of adults, especially men, who work with young kids. The level of interaction between kids and adults is now less than ideal.

May 2, 2017

Thank you. My niece shared the movie with us and it was a grim reminder of how hard those yeArs can be. We appreciate having the information to discuss suicide with our family.

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