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!
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.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline