Unintended consequences

Today was a hard day filled with regret.  Noah had a close friend tell him she was thinking about killing herself two days ago.  Her mother contacted us today, the girl was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for attempting suicide.  Noah did not tell anyone about the girl’s statement of suicide.  When asked why, he responded that she only said it once and that Damian says it all the time, so saying it once didn’t seem like a big deal to him.  The last six months had desensitized Noah and as parents trying to normalize the situation we were in, we often “glossed over” the enormity and seriousness of what was happening with Damian.  Needless to say we had a sit down and talk with each child individually tonight.

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