With the rash of bullying-induced suicides I want to print the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255); they have special operators who also deal just with veterans
The Ellen Show meanwhile is doing a fundraiser for the Trevor Project. This is an organization dedicated to suicide prevention in the LGBT teen community. Text KIND to 85944 to contribute to the Trevor Project.
Most importantly, remember, many of our children on the autism spectrum will become upset over situations and will say “they want to die.” It is usually a gross over-exaggeration due in part because our children do have a hard time understanding and communicating their feelings. This coupled with the fact that they usually have a hard time understanding the implications of language as well, will make for some volatile and frightening language.
Some school personnel will dismiss what your child says because they are autistic, or because they have decided that your child is just looking for attention. Nevertheless, make the schools and personnel who work with your child take it seriously. Don’t let them dismiss it because they think it’s for attention or your child doesn’t really mean it because of their autism. Let them work at figuring out what is going on inside your child and what they really mean. Make them find out what the problem is and have them help you help your child to resolve the issue. Make them watch your child. Make them listen to your child. Make them take your child seriously.