Today’s YGTG, or “you get the gist” deals not with who’s right and who’s wrong in the ongoing drama between Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Great Britain’s royals. Nor with the very serious allegations about racism. As a psychologist, what I’m concerned about is how this focus on talking about suicidal thinking is affecting those whose loved ones have already died by suicide, and how this could affect the way those words are recognized by anyone in the future who actually hears them. For every suicide “success” as it’s ironically labeled, The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention reports there are 25 attempts.

We’ll discuss common but painful reactions from families. And we need to realize that everyone who kills themselves has thought about it before. Maybe even shared their thoughts with someone. It’s so important to listen, and try to help.

Important Links:

Seven Women’s stories about overcoming suicidal thoughts

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