We currently find ourselves in the midst of challenging and ever changing times. Uncertainty is pervasive. Calls for social distancing and self-quarantine are an adjustment for all and can lead to an increased experience of anxiety, depression and of course, isolation. Lack of connection, financial strain, and decreased accessibility to mental health treatment leave many at increased risk.

Now, more than ever, it is important to be checking in with those around us. In checking in with others, especially during times of uncertainty, it is important to be aware of warning signs for when a friend or loved one may be struggling, and more specifically, potentially at risk for suicide. It is fundamentally important to move beyond the stigma of talking about suicide and educate ourselves as to how to recognize and respond to risk when it is present.

I wanted to share an excellent resource – Understand Suicide is a website run by Paula Fontanelle. Paula shares many valuable resources including her Podcast Understand Suicide.  I join Paula in Episode 14 to discuss trauma in the body. Her website and podcast provide important context for building awareness around the topic of suicide.

On her site, you can learn more about warning signs and what to do. Paula recently joined my class to discuss suicide and you can view a video of this presentation here.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact 911.

Please be well. Seek help when you need it and support each
other. We are in this together.