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Suicide: Let's Get Talking

Mental health is hard. Talking about mental health is hard. Life is hard.   In the past couple of weeks two celebrities have tragically taken their lives.   I am sure you have seen it; the coverage was all over media outlets. While most of their lives were spent in the spotlight I cannot agree that their deaths should’ve been in the way that I have watched.   There have been more than 50 research studies worldwide that have found that certain types of news coverage can increase the likelihood of suicide in vulnerable individuals. Risk of additional suicide increases when the story describes the suicide method, uses images, or glamorizes a death. I see responses to the media saying that the person was so selfish. Yes, it looks this way.   But if you have ever taken the time to speak with someone that has attempted to take their lives, it is quite opposite; their minds are telling them this is the ONLY way to protect those around them and themselves from having to
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