Suicide seems unavoidable these days.
Now before you start calling my emergency contacts out of concern, allow me to explain. Since the death of Robin Williams, there has been an abundance of suicide awareness in the media. That awareness is great. People are now more informed than ever on how to seek help for themselves and others whose wellbeing is of concern.
I wanted to share what I find to be the most powerful message about suicide, Kevin Briggs’ March 2014 TED Talk, The Bridge Between Suicide and Life. Kevin is a sergeant in the California Highway Patrol. He patrols the Golden Gate Bridge and has responded to 200 plus suicide attempts. In his talk, Keven references the romanticism some ascribe to suicide, viewing the act of jumping as a fantasy leap from one dimension to the next.
Kevin describes the grisly reality of the bodily impact of such an action. These are words I will remember forever. I find this to be the most moving education against suicide. His talk is a must-view for all.
I imagine the mindset of those who have contemplated, attempted or committed suicide; had they ever thought they would find themselves in a place where suicide appeared to be a viable option? Likely not.
Grief, loss, failure, illness or hopelessness cannot be predicted. I encourage you to watch and share this video now. The message may find you exactly when you need it.
Kate N., MS, CEAP, joined Empathia in 2005 as an EAP Counselor, then became a Performance Specialist in 2012. Kate has a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and is devoted to helping individuals determine how to make lasting changes. Prior to joining Empathia, she worked in the social work field as a case manager for Child Protective Services. Kate enjoys baking, yoga and escaping into the woods of Northern Wisconsin.