Adapted in TC: Coping with ripple effects of suicide
By SUSAN ODGERS Local columnist
‘Hello, hotline,” the woman answered.
“I need to talk with someone,” I said. “In the past five weeks, two of my neighbors, a 19-year-old woman in one family and a 59-year-old man in another, died by suicide.”
“I’m here. Tell me more,” she said.
As a therapist and educator I’m aware of the risk factors for suicide, such as a diagnosis of a mental health condition, co-morbidity of substance abuse, loss of social support and access to firearms. But I didn’t know my neighbors were in danger.