Updated: Jul 8
Jennifer Oldfield, Affinity Patient Advocacy, Board Secretary and Head of Fundraising
Talking about suicide does not cause suicide, it educates and saves lives.
Doctors, Hospitals, and Schools can play a protective role along with parental recordkeeping and follow-up.
Widespread screening is important for children and teens.
It is at the person’s lowest feeling that the decision is made, perhaps a tragic moment which tips the scale or something which has been planned.
Regardless, once the decision is made there is no going back. Leaving nothing but sadness, anger, and regret among those left behind and asking the question always what could have been done…
So, why are they whispering then? Who are we protecting? If we say we want to educate and save lives, then conversation should be strong and supportive. We should not be afraid, whimpered or protected…This information and support should be placed in the education system, be advertised as a risk or an injury and shouted from the rooftops!
Educating is especially important to a person who has shown red flags, premeditated plans, or a recent suicide attempt.
When it comes to suicide there is no one size fits all protocol so, consider all.
Increased funding is needed for research and inpatient care.
Please talk openly about the fact that people experience suicidal thoughts and have an action plan in mind to help. Become educated and involved. Stop talking about it and show some action.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (Español: 1-888-628-9454; deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.