Children and young adults sometimes struggle more than older people with maintaining a sense of perspective, Ramey said. That makes them consider suicide or harming other people.
“When they feel that emotional pain, they think that what they’re feeling today is the way that they’re going to feel forever,” he said. “And what all adults know for sure is whatever’s going on today is going to pass. Kids and young adults don’t have that sense of perspective.”
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If someone other than the child’s parents notice a change in behavior, the child might respond well if that person reaches out to them directly.
“Most kids are very, very receptive to a message of caring and concern as opposed to ‘you’re misbehaving’ or ‘you’re acting like a jerk.’ When framed in that way I find kids are very responsive,” Ramey said.