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Talking to Kids About the Suicide of Someone Close to Them

Children don't need details, but they do need honesty

Clinical Expert: Nancy Rappaport, MD

Nancy Rappaport, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who works in the Cambridge, Massachusetts public school system and is an assistant professor at Harvard University. Dr. Rappaport is also the author of In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide. Here she discusses the difficult but necessary task of talking about suicide with children .if someone close to them has taken his or her own life.


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This article was last reviewed or updated on December 4, 2023.