September Is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Suicide affects more than just the victim.
While death is a difficult topic for most people, death by suicide is even more difficult and highly controversial. However, it is a topic that is close to my heart. My mother committed suicide when I was 6-years old. I barely knew her, but I knew enough to recognize that she was struggling. She had bipolar disorder long before it was fully understood and recognized and before adequate treatment was available.
I am in total agreement with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) which states, “While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can change a life.”
We must have meaningful conversations about life and death.
We must explore and understand what quality of life means to people of every age — whether 15, 25, 45, 75 or 95 years old. We simply cannot treat everyone with the same “suicide prevention” paint brush.
I have been hosting conversations about the topic of death in my law office and will continue to do so on a regular basis. Please check my website for the next conversation.
You can also listen to Senior Salute Podcast on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. to hear me speak about the signs of depression and ways to eliminate or minimize it for Senior Citizens. The podcast will be archived on my website in case you are not able to listen to it live.