Did you know that survivors of suicide have an increased risk of suicide, whether the loss is a family member or friend or even a celebrity such as Robin Williams?
I discovered this due to an online training program I participated in at work, offered by Relias Academy (http://www.reliaslearning.com/). As part of World Suicide Prevention Day and also Suicide Prevention Week, there are specific courses, namely "Suicide Assessment and Treatment" which I completed yesterday and "Suicide Screening and Risk Factors" which I finished today (http://academy.reliaslearning.com/).
Both courses had some rather interesting facts on a topic society generally avoids. My recent blog posts on mental health in follow-up to Robin William's suicide beginning with my posting on August 24th of this year (http://xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2014/08/part-1-aftermath-of-brilliant-comics.html) attest to this avoidance, indicated by the follow-up comments I received - thanks to those of you who did - and also to the no comments on my direct postings on suicide: "Taboo Topic: Part 2 - Who are You(th)...to be Alive?!" on February 23rd (http://xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2014/02/taboo-topic-part-2-who-are-youth-to-be.html).
The courses refer to the difference and the connection between 'suicidal desire,' 'intent,' and 'capability.'
From my own experience, I had suffered from suicidal desire most of my life until about the time I accepted my dead twin sister's death (see "Part 3: In a Funk - Blue since Birth?!" on August 25th of last year, http://xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2013/08/part-3-in-funk-blue-since-birth.html); however, I have also since then a few times as well, especially one Christmas a few years ago (without going into details for confidentiality's sake), and when feeling incredibly alone with no one to talk to after moving to Vancouver, BC from Toronto, Ontario.
Though I have, as mentioned above, had suicidal ideation as many other folk - it's more common than you might think - I never made plans or preparations to do myself in. Thus, I have never intended to actually commit suicide.
Having a support system is really important, even if it's just one person to talk to and confide in. I learned that valuable lesson after feeling the depth of despair months after moving here.
Another potential lifesaver is having a sense of purpose, though this is probably a remote possibility for someone contemplating suicide as they experience a tunnel vision of their life. This is only one possible factor of several that could deter someone from committing suicide; see the link sites above.
I have several stories I could relate here, but prefer to keep this blog post short(er). One might leave you in shock, thus "Word-less" Wednesday would have been very apropro. However, I will consider whether to share this week or in the following one or two weeks.
Let me ponder in the meantime while I await your comments/feedback on the above and/or this question: Have you every contemplated suicide and/or do you know anyone who has?