I often get asked about what a friend or family member can do if a loved one communicated that he or she is thinking about committing suicide. This issue is not addressed nearly as often as it should be, hence I wanted to provide some information for those who might notice signs of suicidal behavior in others and are unsure of what to do about it.
Have you ever had an experience like this: you’re surrounded by many people and yet you feel very alone. In fact, you might have even attempted to voice how you felt to someone else only to be shamed for feeling this way, “you shouldn’t feel lonely, look at all the people around you,” or better yet “other people have it much worse than you, you should be grateful for what you have.”
I’ve long been telling my patients that stress is dangerous for their health and that it can lead to a plethora of dangerous health hazards. However, some recent studies, in addition to a fantastic talk by Kelly McGonigal, a fellow compassion researcher and my mentor, made me rethink my stance on stress.