Our hearts go out to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. We try to understand the depth of despair that might prompt such action. How can we stand ready to offer the love that can turn a life around? My colleague, Ingrid Peschke, writing for the the September 25, 2015 edition of The MetroWest Daily News, shares some inspiration and the healing of someone who was contemplating suicide. Here’s Ingrid:
People who lose friends and loved ones to suicide often say they never had a clue. The good news is, talking about suicide is no longer taboo, but recognizing the signs isn’t always easy.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention set a bold new goal to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20 percent by 2025, and a new survey shows promise in reaching that goal. The findings say a strong majority (81%) disagree that if someone wants to die by suicide, there is nothing anyone can do about it. Given that many people who feel suicidal don’t seek care from a mental health professional, this puts the emphasis on family, friends and acquaintances to be even more vigilant. The survey found that among those who knew someone who had talked about, attempted, or died by suicide, the top response for care was not psychotherapy or medication, but rather talk therapy.
If identifying the signs feels like a daunting task, especially for those who aren’t mental health care professionals, it helps to remember that we each have reservoirs of compassion and wisdom within us to reach the struggling heart….