It's Hard to Talk About Suicide
Opening up & discussing such a hard topic is never easy, there's no getting around that. But, this is an important conversation to have. If you see signs that someone seems to be struggling with their mental health, don't be afraid to ask them "How are you doing with your mental health?" You don't need to fix them, but instead listen with compassion and give them the support and encouragement they need to talk about how they are really doing. In fact, "research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation." (from Suicide and Crisis Lifeline) Talking about our thoughts can actually help to dissipate suicidal thoughts.
Debbie Whitehead M.Ed., LPC, on the #DebbieDaily has more tips for opening the discussion and also helps to break down the warning signs for you.
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Below, Karena shares a message about our fundraiser to prevent suicide and is followed by Debbie's tips for having a difficult but necessary conversation.
In an emergency please dial 988 for Suicide Crisis or 911. Text "HERO" to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor.