Parents pampering kids could trigger suicide risk in later life - expert.

A conference organised by a Co Kildare charity heard that over-protecting children may hamper their ability to solve problems in later life and lead to a possible suicide risk. Speaker Dr Harry Barry made his comments at the Console World Suicide Prevention Day Conference at the Aviva Stadium today. He said: “Parents have a massive role to play in not over-protecting children and helping them to problem solve rather than solving problems for them. “In later life, children who do not learn to problem solve sometimes lack the resilience to be able to find solutions to life crisis events. “Research has shown that many people who take their own lives have been under stress for a considerable period of time, as evidenced by the level of stress hormones in their system. "This is critical, as the more the emotional brain is swamped by trying to deal with the stressor, the higher the stress hormones climb, attacking the logical mind and its ability to solve the problem. "Eventually the emotional mind can only see the problem and is unable to see any solution other than death as a way of handling the emotional trauma which ensues." He added: “The key to breaking this deadly cycle of stress and suicide is the ability to adapt and problem solve. We need to teach our children resilience."

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