The Blue Whale App: Suicide App or Hoax? What Parents Need to Know

  •         Untreated depression
  •      A recent trauma or crisis. 
  •         A peer who has committed suicide (Commonly called Copy Cat Suicide) 
  •         Feeling of hopeless
  •          Bullying

Actions to Take

  • Stay calm. Listen.  Don’t judge. Do not minimize the child’s pain.
  • Take the threat seriously. 
  •  Don’t leave the individual alone.
  •  Ask, “Are you thinking about suicide?”
  •  Be concerned for the child’s well-being.
  •   Reassure the child that they will not feel this way forever. There is hope.
  •   Remove items that could be used for self-harm
  •  DON’T keep it a secret. Get help.

Things we can do right now to help all our kids

      ~Show interest in them and their lives.

      ~Love them unconditionally.

      ~Spend time together.

      ~Remind them they are created for a purpose on purpose by a God who loves them.

     ~Offer support yet avoid rescuing from struggles so he can build up perseverance and resiliency.

     ~Teach your child problem solving skills.


Suicide is a permanent action for a temporary problem. Our kids need to know they are valuable, precious, their life matters to us and to God. There is hope.

Whether or not the Blue Whale App is fake news or not, 

suicide is a reality among our young people. 

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 The Charlie Fad. 

The Difference Between Grief and Depression 

Depression and the Reasons Why Robin Williams Didn’t Have to Die 

Lori Wildenberg
Lori Wildenberg
Lori Wildenberg is passionate about helping families build connections that last a life time. She is a licensed parent-family educator and co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting. She has written 4 parenting books with Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home published by New Hope as her most recent. She is a parent consultant, national speaker, and lead Mentor Mom over at the Moms Together Facebook Community Page. Lori is a contributor to a number of on-line magazines. Every Monday you can find her blogging about faith and family at Mostly, Lori is wife to Tom and mom of four. The Wildenbergs' home is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. A perfect day in Lori's world is a hike with her hubby, four kids plus a daughter-in-love, and Murphy the family labradoodle.

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