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The Daily Beast shines light on Utah program that helps kids talk about suicide

The Daily Beast highlighted a Utah program in its recent article about how to talk to children about suicide.
The Daily Beast highlighted a Utah program in its recent article about how to talk to children about suicide.
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The Daily Beast highlighted a Utah program in a recent article about how to talk to children about suicide.

The article mentions The Sharing Place, a Utah-based organization that calls for openness and honesty between parents and children when discussing the loss of a loved one, including when it happens from suicide.

Jill Macfarlane, the organization’s program director, told The Daily Beast that children nationwide are commonly affected by suicide and yet often feel reluctant to openly talk about it.

“It’s a hard thing to talk about, and our culture and our society make it this big taboo thing,” Macfarlane said. “When you don’t even want to really admit to yourself what happened, it’s going to be even worse for your kids.”

Macfarlane told The Daily Beast she doesn’t want to treat suicide as "taboo," though, allowing children to open up about what scares them and what they want to learn.

“We look at suicide just as any other cause of death,” Macfarlane said. “I feel like it’s just as important to talk about suicide as it is to talk about cancer or car accidents.”

Read more at The Daily Beast.