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Cheryl – regarding Hagerstown MD. If you are referring to the projects I mentioned, we delivered a sample session at Frederick Community College last year and are in discussion to return to Frederick & Washington Counties later in 2019. And thanks to this article drifting across social media, it has raised more awareness about the value of incorporating impacted family and friends into a public health wrap around.
And we will have the privilege to deliver a 3-hour combined sample training for two of the projects in September at the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s Congress which is being held this year in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
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I am a Critical Care Physician I recieve those suicide attempt patients with the goal of saving their lives.
I talk to the patient emphasizing my role is to save their life acutely but also establish a way to prevent another attempt.
1 the save your life did work
2. rhere is no right or wrong just a bad action.
3. This is an intolerable action “your brain is not working right” “your brain must not attack your body” “when this happens everything is out of control and you must get help” You are not able to help yourself”
I do not know that any of the patients I have seen have committed suicide; I have seen patients who have recommitted to Behavioral Sites when that thought comes into their heads. All patients get standard Psych Care I live where the support services are extremely limited and unavailable.
Bad decisions on bad information action is socially supported by peers.
Amen to this article by Jill Adams and to Annemarie Matulis for her very active involvement in the AAS committee for Impacted Family and Friends!! There is a light at the end of the tunnel! Thank you both for your contributions and hard work! You are inspiring!
So strange that we now live in a culture where teens are so depressed and anxious and we, the pediatric medical community need to have “proof” that supportive, loving, caring , engaged, present family and friends are the prescription, while on the other hand we totally swallow the pharma created studies that a pill is the answer!! Why? Why does everyone believe a pill is the answer? Double blind placebo controlled studies??? Really? We have to do double blind placebo controlled studies to prove having loving relationships decreases depression, anxiety and suicide? Is there really anyone who doesn’t already know and believe this???
Jill Adams, if I was younger & more agile, I would be doing cartwheels down the street! I’m torn between wanting to shout, cry & laugh with relief to see that someone else believes that we – the emotionally impacted family & close friends – CAN be the support our loved ones need. So tired of being marginalized!
We (A Voice at the Table) have been shouting this from rooftops since 2013 – with very little acceptance within suicidology. No mistake, we have a small core group who believe. Last year, the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) created an Impacted Family & Friends Committee. I have the honor & privilege to chair and a wonderful, passionate group of impacted family members looking to make a difference. Through collaboration between AAS & AVoiceattheTable.org, we have a workbook & workshop series to guide #impactedFamily through their own self-care (oxygen mask axiom) in order to be able to support their loved one.
I would love to make this required reading for every ED staff, clinician, social worker, academic researcher, grant funder, etc. Thank you for writing this. And I cannot say thank you loud enough to everyone you interviewed. Thank you for believing in us.