Jefferson Psychologist Coaches Community on Helping Kids at Risk for Suicide

Thomas Jefferson University psychologist, Dr. Matthew Wintersteen, recently presented at a Department of Behavioral Health event to educate the public about suicide among children. Anne Hoffman attended and reported for NewsWorks that children’s cries for psychological help often go unheard by adults. “If somebody comes to you…and you’re [a] history teacher and says ‘I’m struggling,’ if your first impulse is to say ‘hold on, let’s go get the counselor,” said Dr. Wintersteen, “the problem is you’ve said ‘we can’t talk about it.”

He continued, “Our job is really to talk to them and listen to them, and not just simply minimize it and not try to solve the problem by telling them what to do.”

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