Suicide is an emotive subject. Is it a selfish act? How can someone take their own life? How bad must things be?
When a celebrity takes their life, it raises all kinds of questions with the public: demands that something be done, calls for kindness, questioning who is to blame. Unfortunately the uprising dies down quickly, people forget and move on ... without changing anything
Having been trained in ASIST suicide intervention, I would encourage everyone to be empathic, brave and reach out if they see someone struggling. The conversation may be hard, but losing someone to suicide is much harder
Speak to us about mental health first aid at firstname.lastname@example.org, reach out to another provider for ASIST training or go to Zero Suicide Alliance for free online training, but please do something, and maybe save a life