‘Oh yeah, I saw that coming!’

Said no one. Ever.

Maybe some small percentage of people saw a suicide of a friend or family member coming. I’ve not yet met that person though. And I’ve talked to hundreds. I am sure they are out there. But they aren’t the majority.

Most of the parents and people I talk with post suicide are shocked. Bewildered and left with questions they’ll probably never get answers to.

He was such a great guy!

She was such a fantastic athlete.

Kindest person I ever knew.

Cared so much for others.

He was so talented.

She had everything going for her.… Read more...

Four simple ways you can prevent suicide

This is just the starter kit. Low-hanging-fruit kind of tips that could prevent a suicide of someone in your family or a friend.

1. Talk

This is #1 in my book. Avoiding the subject does not help us avoid more suicides. It only makes those who experience thoughts of suicide feel more isolated, alone and unable to ask for help when they need it.

You’d be surprised at how many people you know have survived a suicide attempt (called lived experience) or had a loved one very close to them either attempt or die by suicide. Because we don’t talk … Read more...