Link – Curbing suicidal thoughts: UW psychologist develops innovative suicide prevention website

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This seems like an interesting resource to keep handy.

The website NowMattersNow.org, an immediate and accessible resource for people experiencing suicidal thoughts created by a UW psychologist, has been found to significantly reduce the intensity of negative emotions in under 10 minutes.

Now Matters Now includes videos of people who have dealt with suicidal ideation and been able to live successful lives sharing their stories and methods they used, specifically dialectical behavior therapy techniques, to overcome severe depression.

I haven’t spend too much time watching the videos, but from what I have seen, and read about the site, the approach seems to me to be similar to the idea of peer support, learning from others who have been in the same place, gone through some of the same things, etc.

Like anything mental health related, it may not help everyone, but having different options available for different people is always a good thing in my mind, and having a source of videos from others who are dealing with there own struggles to draw on, especially for those who live in rural areas or otherwise can’t get out for any kind of peer support, seems like a helpful alternative.

What do you think?

http://www.dailyuw.com/wellness/article_27d20d94-8a49-11e9-be50-930cb85aca8c.html

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