In children especially, suicide attempts are often an impulsive response to depression or disappointment. Because of the finality of death is a difficult concept for children under age twelve, help your child to realize that death is permanent. If he is talking about suicide, suggest putting off such a long-term permanent decision about life and trying some alternative solutions.
- pg. 84, When Someone You Love Is Depressed – Laura Rosen & Xavier Amador, ISBN 978-0-684-83407-8