How to Talk about Suicide

It has been one month since the highly-publicized death of Robin Williams. Even though there were a few moments where the media did the completely wrong thing, for the most part, it was beautiful to watch a grieving fan base bring awareness and love to those around them. However, the discussion about suicide should not end now that the coverage has died down, as millions of Americans have faced suicide, either through their own suicide attempts, or those of the people they love. Here are few tips for talking about it and keeping the conversation going.

It Is Not a Way Out!

During the first week after Robin Williams’ death, a twitter post circulated around the Internet that said, “Genie, you’re free.” It was beautiful, but sent entirely the wrong message. Suicide is never an acceptable way to relieve depression, substance abuse, anxiety, or any other problem that may be affecting your health or wellbeing.

You Are Not Alone.

When many people discuss suicide, they often refer to it as a cowardly act or a sin. Shrouding it with shame is not an acceptable response either. If you are struggling, it is important to remember that you are not alone. There are people around you who have been exactly where you are, and you are more loved and needed then you could possibly know. If someone you know and care about is having a difficult time, it is crucial to help them understand how much they mean to you.

There Is Help.

Lastly, when talking about suicide, it is always important to mention that there is help. Therapy, counseling, and mental health services are available to people of all ages and demographics. It is also critical to surround yourself with honest, compassionate, and caring people who will work with you to improve your mental health. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, there is always help. Set up an appointment with South Denver Psychotherapy if you are in the Denver area, or seek a counselor or mental health center near you.