Suicide has been in the news recently. The recent deaths by suicide of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain has people grappling with questions why suicide happens – particularly when it involves people with seemingly happy lives.
I recently got to be part of an article about this very topic over at VICE. Author Ali Wunderman did an amazing job sharing her own mental health struggles. I am so impressed by her honesty and vulnerability in this article. Check it out:
Here’s a quick tip for talking to a friend who you suspect is depressed:
When it comes time to act on your offer, be honest with yourself and your friends about the level of support you can provide. â€œIt can be intimidating to reach out to anyone we suspect is struggling whether it be with mental illness, physical pain or anything else,â€ Smith says. But even if itâ€™s scary, itâ€™s worth it to try. â€œThe fact of the matter is, itâ€™s not about saying the perfect thing, or fixing all your friendâ€™s problems. Itâ€™s just about showing up and being a supportive presence in their life.â€
Check out the entire article for more ideas about how to talk to a friend or family member who you suspect might be experiencing thoughts of suicide.