Helping Kids Cope with a Divorce Anger, fear, separation anxiety, a sense of abandonment, self-blame, sadness and embarrassment are common reactions to divorce for most children. Helping Your Children Cope With Death Children deal with death in many different ways, and not necessarily in the same manner as adults. Discussing Death with Children The ultimate goal in discussing death with a dying child is to optimize his or her comfort and alleviate any fears. If the child is not ready to discuss death, the most helpful step parents can take is to wait until he or she is ready. A Child's Concept of Death For infants and toddlers, death has very little meaning. School-aged children begin to understand death as permanent, universal, and inevitable. A predominant theme in adolescence is a feeling of immortality or being exempt from death. What You Must Know About Suicide In many cases of suicide or attempted suicide, undiagnosed and untreated mental illness—especially depression—is to blame. What You Can Do to Prevent Child Abuse Child abuse can happen in any family and in any neighborhood. Studies have shown that child abuse crosses all boundaries of income, race, ethnic heritage and religious faith. Teen Suicide Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds. The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.