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Link – You Can Help: When A Loved One Shows Signs Of Suicide Risk, Reach Out

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I can’t add much to this, if you’ve been around here, you know I truly believe this:

“Yet many of us are afraid to do the wrong thing. In fact, you don’t have to be a trained professional to help, says Doreen Marshall, a psychologist and vice president of programs at the AFSP.

“Everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention,” she says. But “most people hold back. We often say, ‘Trust your gut. If you’re worried about someone, take that step.’ ”

And that first step starts with simply reaching out, says Marshall. It may seem like a small thing, but survivors of suicide attempts and suicide experts say, it can go long way.

Simple acts of connection are powerful, says Ursula Whiteside, a psychologist and a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Medicine.”

There’s a bunch of really good information, advice, and resources at the link. If you’re at all concerned about someone you know, go read it. And, if you’re not currently concerned about someone, but you want to be prepared. go read it. Bookmark it. Share it.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/04/20/707686101/reach-out-ways-to-help-a-loved-one-at-risk-of-suicide

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