For a very small number of students, talking about mental health and suicide could be distressing. You may wish to discuss this with your child. However, most find it very empowering to be given the tools to talk about mental health and suicide and help someone in need.
We also emphasise that if someone they knows suicides or has suicided, they are in no way responsible, even if they have tried to help. This can be reassuring to anyone who has lost a friend to suicide and feels guilty about not having been able to help.