I'm back! easy child 1 made his first suicide attempt

How do we keep this from happening again? Are there any special precautions I should take besides triple locking the medications?

He spent five days and six nights in a treatment facility.


Roll With It
I am so sorry this happened. Other than to keep communicating with him, however you can, I don't know what you can do. I am sorry to have no advice this early on. Others will post here soon.



Well-Known Member
Hi there,

My family lived through an identical nightmare last fall. Our easy child swallowed 50 calcium channel blockers in a suicide attempt. We are very, very fortunate that he survived. He was dead for a few minutes but he was revived. He has made a dramatic and incredible recovery, though he still has cognitive impairments, and a physical disability to his leg.

Long term follow up psychiatric care is a must along with family counseling, assuming your child is a minor. You may also want to consider having him evaluated for an IEP if he didn't have one before this happened. In our case, stress about school was a major factor driving the attempt. And of course, there was (and remains) a tremendous amount of familial dysfunction.

Try to make sure he doesn't slide into his old ways. Don't let the conditions that led to the attempt continue to fester. Unfortunately we were not successful in eliciting any major change in our son's situation - though he did get an IEP and was placed in a special school for children with anxiety and depression, which is a big deal and hopefully will change the equation for him.

Best of luck - keep us posted.
Thank you everyone! My son is 14 and he lives with us. He does have an IEP but in middle school they removed most of the supports that he had to transition to high school. Now I have had to fight to have those supports added back. He is in counseling and the counselor said that he needs to get back to a normal routine so after one and a half months of homeschooling, he is back in school with supports.


Long road but the path ahead holds hope.
Hi boyfriend
I am so sorry for this sad attempt. I do hope that you are able to institute the help your son truly need.

A big hug to you.