Want to reduce the risk of suicide? Talk about suicide
Liz Smith

Sometimes the idea of suicide is a coping mechanism. Just like calling a friend, going for a walk in nature, or listening to music. I have considered suicide as an option. Some time ago I actually made a plan. It scared the crap out of me. I weighed the real pros and cons and decided to handle things a different way. And that if they didn’t work out, suicide will still be an option. It is the coping mechanism of choice from my childhood. Sometimes, back then, just knowing there was a permanent way out gave me the courage to keep going.

I understand how scary the word ‘suicide’ is. How uncomfortable it makes people. But if you think about it, it is just a reaction to a problem or situation. And yes, talking about the reason for wanting to die is the key to finding another way. And all of us need to accept that suicidal ideation is an emotion and a reaction and can be dealt with using compassion, empathy and an open heart.