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Is Child's Threat of Suicide a Cry for Help or for Attention?

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My oldest is eleven and started middle school this year. Overall it has been a smooth transition. She has a great group of friends and likes school. She does not have a phone and has very limited access to the computer for TV, games, and such. No social media, either. She has always been a very emotional, strong-willed child. Within the last month, while she was extremely upset (once about a school assignment, once about getting in trouble for behavior towards us), she screamed out about wanting to kill herself. I think she’s doing it for a reaction, but I have no idea where this is coming from. We didn’t react to it, but should we be worried? Should we address it when she’s calm?

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