Mumbai Mirror, page 1, Tuesday, 19 Jan 10 – ‘thinking of suicide? Read my story first’

Pretty much made my morning; finally, a first-hand account from a parent-child team who have been through the tough and trying phase of a child contemplating suicide. 

What parents and caregivers need to note is that there are almost always ‘signs’ that a child is depressed and not his ‘usual’ self.
Sometimes (as in the case of Ummehaani) the signs are explicit; however, in most cases, these may be more subtle, such as, a child becoming unusually quiet or losing interest in things around him.
The key is to watch out for signs that say ‘I am not my usual self’!  These signs are a silent cry for help.

The sad reality today is that parents have no time; between work pressures, home and the perils of modern living, what suffers are the children who can often do without the material comforts but will surely crack at some stage due to lack of their parent’s quality time and understanding.
Add to that the absurd burdens of modern schooling and extra-curricular activities (which are supposed to act as de-stressors but are playing quite the contrary role).

As a parent, you have to assess whether your child is living a ‘normal’ life or burning out running between tuitions and hobby classes?  You need to ask yourself whether you are raising a happy, healthy child or a robot?

Nothing can replace unconditional love and quality time which is the very basic that a child deserves.
Timely support from family and friends makes that world of difference in children who go through anxiety or depression; often, all it takes is this invaluable and unconditional support to help troubled minds come out of a trying phase.

The good news is that it’s never too late to start giving your child all of the above; the bad news is that this realisation often comes when it’s much too late.

– Priyanka

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  1. Malini Dsouza Said,

    January 19, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

    you are dong great. I have been working in the field of helping Home torture victims.
    One aspect that needs to be highlighted is plight of parents handling stressed kids or grown up kids who are stressors to their parents.
    Keep up the good work.

  2. priyankac Said,

    January 25, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

    thanks Malini, ur feedback is noted ! happy reading.

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