Many experts hold the view that parents have a role to play in suicide prevention. This is to say that there are things a parent can do, to lower the chances of his or her child being suicidal later in life. It is by now a well-settled fact that suicide is caused by mental illness – specifically depression. Suicide is therefore essentially a complication of depressive illnesses. And there are practical things that a parent can do, to make his or her child less prone to depression.

To be sure, depression has a biological (neurochemical) basis – meaning that some people are born with a natural predisposition to depressive illnesses. But usually, there has to be a trigger, for the depressive illness to manifest. And this is where the role of the parent comes in: where, with proper parenting, one can make his or her child less prone to such ‘triggers’ — now and in the future.

Therefore, the role of parents in suicide prevention is that of consistently using proper parenting methods. If you use the proper parenting methods consistently, you will end up with a resilient, well-adjusted child. The child will grow into a resilient, well-adjusted adult. Such a person will be less prone to depressive illnesses later in life. And consequently, such a person will be less prone to suicide in the future. As an adult, he or she will be able to consistently do what is expected, without being too harsh on himself or herself. If, for instance, he gets a job at CVS, he will be able to work diligently – coping well with the workplace pressures and the daily struggles of human life. Then, fortnightly, he will be able to go to the myhr CVS portal, login and find his paycheck: that being the reward for his effort and diligence at work. And he or she will be well satisfied with that arrangement. So we see a well adjusted life there. On the other hand, a person who was brought up using the wrong parenting methods may have turned to drugs, lapsed into depression and eventually developed suicidal tendencies.

By the way, when we make reference to ‘proper parenting’, we refer to the approach where you are generally nice to your kids, and where you handle them like real human beings, with respect. The idea is to nicely tell them what is expected of them. Then you should go ahead and help them (in their earliest years) in living up to the expectations. This is opposite to the approach where you don’t tell the kids what is expected of them, but where you expect them to figure it out somehow! That is the approach where you are quick to punish them for the smallest of ‘mistakes’ — even those that are inadvertent. Kids who are brought up in the latter (harsh) way tend to develop low self esteem. Low self esteem is a precursor to depression. And depression, if it goes untreated, can lead to suicidal tendencies.