Self-Care Tip #218 – Find your own answer about why you fight against the “natural” course of mental illness. Be a friend to yourself.
In psychiatry, we hope through conversation, evaluation, intuition and information to be able to say when someone is at risk to hurt themselves so we can do the best we can, collaboratively with any others, to stop suicide. Sometimes there isn’t enough anyone can do. Sometimes suicide happens. Death is part of life and people die from illnesses all the time.
Question: Why do we fight against death from mental illness, specifically by suicide, so hard? Please tell me your story.
- Editorial: Prison Suicides (nytimes.com)
- Predicting suicidal behaviour-first international index developed (tricitypsychology.com)
- Talking can help reduce stigma of suicide (timesunion.com)
- It Is My Choice to Take Care of Someone, Even in The Context of Suicide (friendtoyourself.com)