I was in California on a business trip, just yards from the beach, eating ice cream and laughing as the conversation drifted away from business. Eventually, somebody mentioned a friend-of-a-friend who had died by suicide. The familiar ache and nausea filled my chest.
The suicide of her daughter Lucy (left) has left the whole family in “absolutely incredible mental anguish” says mum Liz de Oliveira. Image: Worcester News. Choosing to end your own life is never the right solution. The alternative of proper care should be the hallmark of decent society.
The five action steps for communicating with someone who may be suicidal are supported by evidence in the field of suicide prevention. Ask How – Asking the question “Are you thinking about suicide?” communicates that you’re open to speaking about suicide in a non-judgmental and supportive way.