I received some very sad news today, which led me to write this post.
I learned a friend of mine from high school had a 25 year old son
who completed suicide.
In my 25 years of working in mental health, it still breaks my heart in
half every time I learn of such losses.
I want to share with you how I would talk about and explain this to patients
and their family members at the treatment programs where I worked.
What it is:
Suicide is a symptom.
It is the most serious symptom of a mental health condition.
A person may not even be aware they have a mental health condition.
This symptom can lead to death if not treated.
This symptom DOES NOT ask permission before it shows up.
It requires immediate attention from a health care professional.
It is a symptom that can be relieved with medical attention.
It is a symptom we need to feel able to talk about with others WITHOUT
the fear of being judged.
One of the things I like to point out:
It is no different than if I started experiencing chest pain.
Just as chest pain is a life-threatening symptom of cardiovascular conditions,
feeling suicidal is a life-threatening symptom of a mental health conditions.
There is NO SHAME in getting help for either one.
If you are someone who’s been struggling with this symptom, please reach
out for help by calling 800 273 – TALK (8255).
If you are concerned about someone, please begin the conversation.
My request is that you pass this post along to your Facebook page,
email it to your family & friends, print it out and post it at work.
I hope you will share this post with as many people as possible so that we can…
STOP the stigma of suicide
~ To Living Well TODAY ~
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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