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Sometimes meeting someone is meant to be. I felt that way about my best friend. I felt that way about my husband. And I felt that way when I first exchanged emails with Dr. John Sommers-Flannagan.
He’s the real thing. A great guy. Easy-going. Smart. Supportive. Humble. And his book, Suicide Assessment and Treatment Planning: A Strength-Based Approach is a must read for mental health clinicians. He’s a professor of psychology at the University of Montana and the author of many other books. I don’t say “must read” that often. Even rarely. But it’s a must read. And not just for clinicians. It could be meaningful for anyone who has a loved one who struggles with suicidal feelings or thoughts – and how to approach them compassionately. As I said last week, you might be that one person who someone risks talking to.
Last week’s episode focused on the necessity and importance and publicly recognizing the fact that many people have suicidal thoughts. Whether they’re diagnosed with a mental illness or not, many people go through times when there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. Or they can’t see one in that moment – or that day – or that week. Those people need connection – they need support – they need acceptance. If they’re in true crisis, then stronger measures may be needed – and I’d highly recommend calling in professionals at that point. But too many people don’t reveal darker thoughts for fear of “what might happen” – even to mental health clinicians.
So you’re about to hear information that I know you’re going to find inspirational, helpful, educational, and vital.
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