I was struck by this 4+ min TED Talk today about the importance of dialogue around suicide.
I’ve been touched (we all have) by suicide in a variety of ways and I have struggles with how to handle it. One friend committed suicide after years of a debilitating illness and I get sick at the thought of her having to have done it alone. Another friend killed himself after a severe (though we didn’t see it) battle with depression and I get sick at the thought that I didn’t dialogue with his mother afterwards. I didn’t know how. My students have a vast history of suicide attempts and I have openly dialogued about it, yet still- some retried. Others have committed suicide slowly through addiction and high-risk behavior. There is no easy fix-it, but the answer does lie, I believe, IN THE DIALOGUE. How else can we learn. Stop. Turn around. Embrace. Listen. Draw it out.