In the United States suicide is the third leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10 and 24 and the second leading cause of death for American college students.
This children's book: My Uncle Keith Died describes the symptoms of depression. It also helps children understand why a depressed person may not seek help. By reading Cody's questions and his mother's answers about his Uncle's death, young readers will learn what to do if someone they know shows signs of depression. Early detection, intervention, and treatment for depression are critical for preventing suicides.
My Uncle Keith Died will answer some of these questions:
* How should I talk to my children about feelings of grief?
* How should I explain suicide to my children?
* What is depression?
* How does depression often lead to suicide?
* What is the difference between sadness and depression?
* What are the signs of depression?
* How can you help a friend who is depressed?
At the end of the book there is a discussion guide written by Julianne Cosentino, a licensed clinical social worker. This discussion guide will help parents and professionals use this book confidently with children, even those who are very young. This guide will deal with the type of questions children are likely to ask when their lives have been touched by suicide.
Recommended by: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Written in clear simple language easily understood by children, this book offers hope and practical ways to explain suicide to children. It explains the difference between sadness and depression , and describes how chemical imbalances in the brain cause illnesses that can result in suicide.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Carol has managed to explain in very simple and understandable terms how severe depression is a leading cause of suicide. We are taken through this process with her grand nephew, Cody, who is featured as the catalyst in exploring why her son, Keith, died of suicide. She approaches this subject in a very sensitive, creative, and respectful fashion.
As one who has been there and knows the aftermath of suicide and the need for quality resources at such a time, I highly recommend this book to those who are struggling with the inevitable questions that come. It is very appropriately written for children and is an effective tool for adults as well.
Pastor Jeff Moody
This is a very helpful book about suicide as it impacts a child's life. The book is a valuable in answering the questions of a child after his or her life has been touched by a death by suicide. It is written for young readers but can be helpful for any age.
Betty Ewart, Editor
BP/USA National Newsletter, A Journey Together
In my quest to understand Jimmy's depression over the past two years, I have read more stupid/inaccurate/uncaring books by so-called specialists in the field of psychology which I tossed ....you have put into a few pages a compassionate description of the pain our loved ones tried to endure...thank you!
Carol Loehr's touching book, My Uncle Keith Died gently and lovingly tells a story as seen through the eyes of a child, Cody.
It is a story about LOVE and loss, remembering the past and honoring the memory of a loved one. This publication serves to teach children and their families about the realities of mental illness and suicide while hopefully erasing some of the stigma of both. It gives the reader a feeling of hope that they may pass on to a family member or friend that suffers from depression. I would recommend My Uncle Keith Died to anyone.
Our family knows full well the pain of losing a loved one to suicide. Our beloved son John died by suicide in 2004. He was 30 years old, a husband and father of two children ages 2 and 1. Carol Loehr's meaningful story will serve as our guide in the future when we and our son's widow explain to our grandchildren "How and Why Daddy Died".
Mary Jo McConnell, mother of John G.
Read an article about the author from Seacoastonline.com Here
How do I tell them?
Talking to children about suicide
Carol Loehr, website manager of "Thegiftofkeith.org and Juli Cosentino, a social worker, will discuss ways to talk to children about suicide and depression. Carol's book My Uncle Keith Died was written to help answer questions children ask about suicide and depression. Carol's only son Keith Loehr died at the age of 29 years old by suicide. After Keith's death Carol began to understand the word suicide and began her journey in trying to educate others about depression and it's deadly results, suicide. Juli Cosentino is Keith's cousin and wrote the discussion guide to My Uncle Keith Died We will also take questions. You can call 1-866-472-5792.
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Carol Loehr graduated from Purdue University with a BA in Elementary and Special Education. She was an elementary and special education teacher.
Her son Keith died by suicide on March 29, 1999. She created and continues to maintain www.TheGiftofKeith.org, a Web site of information to help comfort and educate survivors of suicide, as well as clergy, health care professionals, and counselors.
Carol serves on the SKIIP's (Super Kid…Informed/Involved Parent) Management Team whose Web site, www.skiip.org, has current information and Internet resources to understand childhood-onset illnesses of the brain.
She has written many articles: “Not a Matter of Choice,” “Suicide: Some Understanding Is Certain to Initiate and Develop Empathy,” and “Understanding Keith’s Death.” These articles have been published in various magazines and newspapers.
Carol works with The Compassionate Friends, a worldwide organization for supporting bereaved families following the death of a child.
Author of Discussion Guide