Daughter's best friend cutting herself and suicide talk

Patricia - posted on 11/11/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 13 yo daughter's best friend of many years has started cutting herself and talking about killing herself.

Her family is very religious and doesn't believe in psychologists, counselors and psychiatrists intervening. They are praying about it.

My daughter and I want to intervene and take the girl for mental help but we can't without her family's support and permission.

It might be a phase that the girl is going through; I have read about cutting and suicidal thoughts with teens. I just don't have any personal or family experience with those topics.

Please tell me what you would do or what you think I should do for this confused 13 yo nice girl.

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Denikka - posted on 11/11/2012

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Talk to the school counselor. They will have an obligation to take it to a higher person who can help.

You can also call a suicide hotline or go in to a counselor yourself and ask them for advice.

Beyond that, you can let the girl know that you are there to support her and to talk to without judgement whenever she wants or needs.

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