Editorial

Editorial

Duncan Macleod

As we prepared for this issue of Crumbs, I’ve examined again my own teenage years, and my survival. I didn’t quite attempt suicide. Thought about it. Took a few careless risks with my life. But I’m still here. One of my classmates didn’t make it into his 20s. I’ll never forget the bewilderment we as a class felt as we gathered at his funeral. Mary-Jane’s article “Why, Miss” rings true for me.In preparing the resource reviews, I struggled with one of the tensions referred to by John Hebenton and Jacky Sewell. “How do we help young people in our care choose life without making death an option”?

There are sensitivities. In order to move away from the criminal connotations of the past, we haven’t used the phrase “commit suicide”. Instead, the professional terms used are generally “attempted” and “completed” suicide.

Another issue is avoiding using graphic details or glorifying the deceased, lest we encourage young people to move the wrong way.

At the end of the day, we need to be equipping young people themselves to be there for each other, in what may be the toughest and most vulnerable times of their lives.

Duncan Macleod