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DD just grabbed a knife and threatened to kill herself

(6 Posts)
Tittytats Thu 04-Jul-13 20:30:31

Please help me what do I do? She's 8.

She is in full meltdown is there someone I can call this late? I'm beside myself.

take her to a&e and ask for her to be assessed, or call the police, they can get you some help

frizzcat Fri 05-Jul-13 12:21:13

Are you ok OP - did you get any help?

Tittytats Fri 05-Jul-13 14:43:00

I went into see the senco this morning and just broke down. They phoned the children's access point but I'm still waiting to hear from a social worker who is going to call me.

I really am not ok, I'm just beside myself.

KeepOnKeepingOn1 Fri 05-Jul-13 15:02:31

OP - does DD normally have meltdowns (I don't know your back-story)?

DS1 (12) has done this several times and started around the same age. Knives used to threaten himself, younger brother (7) and DH. It is hard to keep knives under lock and key as you use them everyday in the kitchen but it is a good idea to keep them out of reach. For DS1 it is not 'real' and he does not mean it. You have to remain calm and not start acting like an actor from The Bill iyswim. Don't mean to be dismissive - I would have to rate the knife threats as the worst moments of my life (so far).

ilikemysleep Fri 05-Jul-13 16:41:04

my DS2 drew a picture of himself jumping off a cliff labelled 'I don't want to be here any more' at about the same age, around 7 or 8. In his case I think it was just an attempt to express that he was 'really' upset, not a real suicide threat IYKWIM. I think at that age they kind of know that there is an alternative to being alive, but they don't really grasp all the implications of that kind of statement. Luckily in our case it was not a 'real' suicidal ideation. Seeking help is a good idea, I hope you and your dd are okay.

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