Today I read a blog post titled, "Suicide is Attention Seeking." At first read of the title I was a bit outraged. In all my clinical training and life experiences I have been taught that suicide is a big deal and a real problem. Nobody is immune to it. But after I passed the blog twice I finally decided to read it, if for nothing more than to learn about those views contrary to mine.
However, as I read I found myself agreeing with the writers opinions. Suicide is a desperate cry for someone to pay attention to them. It is not a lessening of the seriousness of suicide. Since this is Suicide Awareness Month I thought this was an appropriate time to share.
Never be afraid to ask, never be afraid that you can do anything. All it takes is compassion, care, and concern for those in our world that we interact with daily. As a family counselor this is my mission: to provide support to those in need, however that support looks like. Right now it is to support soldiers and their families. I am more grateful than I could imagine for the opportunity I have been given to serve those who serve.