32 Children, Teens and Suicide Loss limits regarding the amount of time spent on these sites, and maintain oversight of the content being shared. If the deceased had a social media account, it is often helpful to review any comments that may have been posted there following the death as they may provide information about how others, including your teen, are coping with the death. How do I help protect my teen from intrusive or negative comments? Rumors, gossip, and unwelcome questions in the wake of a suicide death are common. If your teen has a response to intrusive or negative comments at the ready, they will be less challenging to handle. I don’t really want to talk about it right now. That comment is very hurtful to me; you know my brother just died. It really is none of your business. What do I say if my teen suspected or knew something was wrong? Teens, more than younger children, may have known or suspected that the deceased person was suicidal. The person who died may even have talked to them about suicide. If that’s the case, your teen may feel they should have taken that conversation more seriously, told someone about their concerns, or done something to stop the death. Try to acknowledge your teen’s fears and guilt before prematurely jumping in to offer reassurance. Teens tend to withdraw if they believe someone is trying to make them feel better without first understanding what they’re experiencing. What if the person who died was a friend or classmate of your teen? Relationships with friends are frequently seen as more important and influential to teens than family relationships. Therefore, the suicide death of a friend may affect the teen in a significant way. Teens might struggle with survivor guilt or guilt from feeling they could have been a better friend or should have done something to intervene. The