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Today, rather than going to work, I attended a suicide intervention training. I found it fascinating. It was nice to be back in a classroom setting, not to mention show up at 9AM!

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We talked about the stigma of suicide and our personal experience with friends or acquaintances who have attempted or committed suicide. I realized I’ve known quite a few people who have attempted, including a close relative. I am lucky not to have known anyone who has completed it, but many others in my group have, and our session became quite emotional as people shared their experiences. I also learned all about the ASIST Intervention model, but I certainly hope I don’t have to use it frequently. I guess I should hope that I use it at some point though, because that would suggest that I’ve helped someone stay alive. I’ve got another day of training tomorrow. Sorry to be such a downer, but if I learned anything today, it’s that talking about suicide is always better than silence. So, I figured I’d talk about it.

1-800-273-8255

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • Elle
    September 18, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Good post. The teenage years and early 20s are such a difficult time. A boy I knew at university committed suicide a few days before graduation. I think he struggled with the idea of going out into the ‘real world’. Sorry for the sad post. I didn’t know him well but it had such an effect on our class.

    • Laura
      September 24, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Aww, thats so sad, but thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa
    September 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I don’t think it’s a downer at all. I think it’s great that you’re providing some info about this issue. : )

    • Laura
      September 24, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Thank you:)