Childhelp meets the needs of survivors of abuse, neglect and those who are at risk of child maltreatment.
We know childhood trauma increases the probability of suicide attempts, so we urge survivors to reach out for help and for friends and families of at-risk youth to become a lifeline of hope by educating themselves on the signs and symptoms of suicide risk. Childhelp’s constellation of programs, including the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD) and the Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe prevention education curriculum, are created with the understanding that children who have suffered abuse are likely to experience depression, shame, anxiety, and even thoughts of ending their lives.
We help children who’ve been hurt as they heal. We help protect at-risk youth from harm. We help adult survivors live their best possible lives.
As we focus on suicide prevention, let’s shine a light on the connection between child abuse and suicide. Studies have squarely linked them in several ways. For example, abused kids often suffer low self-worth, harm themselves, and consider committing suicide.
Prevention of both child abuse and suicide relies on increased awareness, learning coping strategies, and knowing how to build a trusted community of safe adults. Kids need to be taught simple ways to deal with situations and have their needs met.
At its core, preventing child abuse averts its many adverse effects. At Childhelp, we raise awareness about the types and signs of abuse. A preventive approach is to stop abuse before it starts, and one powerful way to do that is to educate all children about how to recognize, resist, and report abusive behavior.