http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Connor-Tann-Boy-Found-Hanged-On-Rope-Swing-In-Hutton-Woods-Near-Boosbeck-Cleveland-Is-Named/Article/200910415418630?f=rss Very tragic unfolding and evidently a parents worst nightmare. About halfway down though it has fired in the now ubiquitous 'the children are being offered counselling' statement and it did make me wonder ? Is it possible to gauge what someone needs by way of counselling dependant on circumstance ? ie, the poor little bugger has had an accident, evidently in a quiter spot where no one, especially his classmates or peers had the misfortune to witness, this alone would, to me suggest that the active mind of a 10/11 year old would quite happily associate the death as a result of an accident and be rightfully upset as to this, this however would differ massively if he had died publicly, and distressingly, in view of a number of the group. What Im getting at is do we encourage further expulsions of grief related emotion by instilling a 'counselling fixes all' mentality at such a young age ? If it had been my child at the school id be reluctant to expose him/her to such a session and would engage them myself as parents rightly should before making a further assessment as to engaging other agencies, Im accutely aware of the effects of such an incident on vulnerable minds but the counselling option raises its head more frequently as of late, and in some cases (granted, its offered by request) seemingly goes some way to replace the minds need to actively deal with traumatic experience and thus learn from it accordingly, Im not suggesting a counselling by merit scheme but if you were stood 2 carriages down when the bomb went off as opposed to being stood across the street from the tube when the first casualty appeared then at some point sensibility has to take over. Im certainly no stranger to having to swallow hard at the sight of something unpleasent as I suspect most here arent but just find it interesting to see how much it is encouraged across the board for everyone to seek out a metaphorical crutch to face what are essentially ever increasing events that we come across personally..