InFocus: Suicide prevention week

InFocus: Suicide prevention week

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THIS IS 22NEWS INFOCUS . CIARA: GOOD AFTERNOON AND WELCOME TO 22NEWS INFOCUS. I AM TAYLOR NIGHT. IT IS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK. SUICIDE IS A GROWING CONCERN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ACCORDING TO THE CDC, AND 2017, IT WAS THE 10TH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN UNITED STATES, CLAIMING THE LIVES OF OVER 47,000 PEOPLE. A TROUBLING FACT IS SUICIDE IS THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH AMONG PEOPLE AGES 10 TO 34, WITH OVER 14,000 DEATHS. WHAT IS CAUSING THIS RISE IN SUICIDES AND WHITE IN YOUNG PEOPLE? TODAY WE WILL GET ANSWERS TO THOSE QUESTIONS. WE WILL LEARN HOW TO IDENTIFY WHEN SOMEONE IS IN CRISIS AND THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO GET HELP. JOINING THE R KELLY CUNNINGHAM, DIRECTOR OF THE SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM, AND SARAH KENDALL, VICE PRESIDENT FROM THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT SUICIDE IS THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR PEOPLE AGES 15 TO 34. WHY IS THAT IT IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT TO PINPOINT ONE THING BECAUSE SUICIDE IS COMPLEX. WHETHER IT IS MENTAL HEALTH OR RELATIONSHIP ENDING, SOMETHING HAPPENING ON SOCIAL MEDIA, THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS ECHO ONE. USUALLY IT’S ABOUT A CULMINATION OF ALL THOSE THINGS HAPPENING. TAYLOR: ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD? I THINK, YEAH, HAS KELLY SAID IT’S A CULMINATION OF A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT THINGS. EXPERIENCE AND I THINK — YEAH. THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS WE ARE EXPOSED TO, WHETHER IT BE IN SOCIAL MEDIA. I THINK IT IS A LOT OF KNOWLEDGE AND THINGS THAT FOLKS DO NOT KNOW HOW TO PROCESS, ESPECIALLY AT AN AGE. COUPLE THAT WITH OTHER STRESSORS THEY MAY BE EXPERIENCING BE AT SCHOOL OR MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS, OTHER KINDS OF TRAUMAS THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED. IT IS COMPLEX. TAYLOR: YOU MENTIONED SOCIAL MEDIA. THIS IS ALMOST A RECENT THING, SOCIAL MEDIA. YOU CAN SEE THE PROS AND CONS WITH SOCIAL MEDIA. FOR A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO MAY TEND TO BE ISOLATED AND ALONE THEY FIND THIS AS A WAY TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE. THEY HAVE A CONNECTION. FOR OTHER FOLKS YOU TALK ABOUT BULLYING. IF THEY ARE BULLIED — WHEN I WAS GOING UP IT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED IN SCHOOL. I WOULD GO HOME AND HAVE A SAFE PLACE. SOCIAL MEDIA BRINGS IT UP TO THE FOREFRONT SO THEY CAN NEVER GET AWAY FROM IT. TAYLOR: WHAT ARE SOME RISK FACTORS THAT MIGHT CAUSE SOMEONE TO CONSIDER TAKING THEIR OWN LIFE? DO YOU WANT TO START? SURE. WHETHER IT BE A COMBINATION OF LOSS THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED, SOMETHING OR SOMEONE SIGNIFICANT IN THEIR LIFE CAN BE CHALLENGING. MOVING FROM A MIDDLE SCHOOL TO HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE. THERE IS A LOT THAT HAPPENS AT THAT AGE. HOW WE EXPERIENCE OTHER KINDS OF TRAUMATIC EVENTS OR OF LOSSES IN THEIR LIFE PREVIOUSLY. MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS, SUBSTANCE ABUSE CONCERNS. THERE ARE A GOOD NUMBER. TAYLOR: WE TALKED ABOUT THE DEMOGRAPHIC 15 TO 34. WHAT OTHER DEMOGRAPHICS MIGHT BE AT RISK? ITALY’S WHITE MEN. THEY HAVE THE HIGHEST — MIDDLE-AGE WHITE MEN. THEY HAVE THE HIGHEST NUMBERS. WE TALK ABOUT YOUTH. THAT IS STARTLING TO US AND SCARY BUT MIDDLE-AGED WHITE MEN HAVE THE HIGHEST NUMBERS. TAYLOR: THEY HAVE DIFFERENT FACTORS? YES AND THEY HANDLE THEM DIFFERENTLY. THEY DIE AT A RATE OF THREE TIMES ARE OFTEN THAN WOMEN DIED BY SUICIDE. WHEN WE LOOK AT THINGS LIKE METHODS THEY MIGHT USE OR THE FACT THAT WOMEN MIGHT TURN TO SOMETHING LIKE THERAPY MORE OFTEN THAN MEN DO, THEY ARE REACHING OUT FOR HELP. MEN DON’T LIKE THAT FEELING OF NOT HAVING SOMEPLACE TO TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT IT. THEY DON’T ASK FOR DIRECTIONS. ASKING FOR HELP AROUND SOMETHING LIKE THIS CAN BE REALLY DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO DO. TAYLOR: DO YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO MAYBE GET A MANAGER FIVE TO OPEN UP MORE ABOUT THIS IF YOU’RE CONCERNED? [LAUGHTER] AS OUR MESSAGE IS OVERALL IS TO FEEL COMFORTABLE ASKING QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS. BEING DIRECT WITH THOSE QUESTIONS. TO SAY, HAVE YOU HAD THOUGHTS OF ENDING YOUR LIFE? HAVE YOU HAD THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE? PART OF IT IS HAVING COMFORT WITH BEING ABLE TO HAVE A DIRECT CONVERSATION. THEN BEING A COMPASSIONATE SUPPORTER TO TRY TO GET THEM TO THE NEXT — SOMETIMES IT’S AN EASIER RECOMMENDATION TO START WITH YOUR PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR AND THEN MAYBE GO TO A THERAPIST. I THINK TRYING TO ENGAGE A SUPPORT YOU KNOW AND FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH OR SUGGESTING A NUMBER OF OPTIONS, ONE THAT FEELS MAY BE SAFER ABOUT GOING TO YOUR PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR AND HAVING A CONVERSATION. IT IS UNIQUE TO EACH INDIVIDUAL BUT TRYING TO PROVIDE OPTIONS AND BE DIRECT. TAYLOR: DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO ADD? IT’S BEEN HELPFUL FOR MEN FROM THE HEAR OF OTHER PEOPLE. MAYBE SOMEBODY THEY LOOK UP TO WHO WAS ABLE TO OPEN UP AND TALK ABOUT THE STRUGGLES THEY’VE HAD IN THEIR LIFE. IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT FOR THEM. THAT CAN BE A WAY TO GET THEM TO BE ABLE TO OPEN UP AND TALK. TAYLOR: WHAT ARE SOME WARNING SIGNS, SYMPTOMS THAT PEOPLE SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR? THE MOST COMMON THING IS TO SAY LOOK OUT FOR BIG CHANGES. IF IT IS A CHANGE FROM YOUR TYPICAL BEHAVIOR SUCH AS DRINKING OR DRUG USE, MAYBE DOING SOME SKI BEHAVIORS LIKE DRIVING MORE RADICALLY — ERRATICALLY, NOT PROTECTING THEMSELVES. THAT’S A BIG ONE. IF YOU SEE THEM SLEEPING MORE OFTEN, NOT HAVING INTEREST IN THEIR USUAL ACTIVITIES. TAYLOR: ANYTHING ELSE? ISOLATING AND WITHDRAWING FROM FRIENDS. SOMEBODY THAT WOULD’VE BEEN COMMONLY AT THE LUNCH TABLE. TAYLOR: IF YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW IS CONSIDERING SUICIDE, YOU CAN CALL THE NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN FOR THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE. IT PROVIDES 24/7 SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE IN DISTRESS, PREVENTION AND CRISIS RESOURCES FOR YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES. WE WILL CONTINUE OUR CONVERSATION ON SUICIDE PREVENTION AFTER A SHORT BREAK. YOU ARE WATCHING 22NEWS INFOCUS. TAYLOR: WELCOME BACK TO 22NEWS INFOCUS. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SUICIDE PREVENTION AND RESOURCES TO GET HELP. OUR GUESS ARE KELLY CUNNINGHAM FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, AND SARAH KENDALL FROM THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION. SUICIDE COULD BE AN UNCOMFORTABLE TOPIC TO TALK ABOUT. HOW COULD U.S. THE QUESTION — HOW COULD YOU ASK THE QUESTION ANYMORE COMFORTABLE WAY? THE NUMBER ONE RULE SHOULD BE TO BE DIRECT ABOUT IT. DON’T TRY TO SAY, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE NOT SUICIDAL. ARE YOU? WHEN WE TALK THAT WAY TO SOMEBODY TO GIVE THEM THE FEELING YOU WANT TO SAY NO, THAT YOU DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH IT. WHEN WE CAN BE MORE DIRECT AND SAY SOMETIMES PEOPLE STRUGGLE LIKE THIS. WHEN THEY DO STRUGGLE LIKE THIS THEY HAVE THOUGHTS OF WANTING TO IN THEIR LIFE. I WAS WONDERING HAVE YOU THOUGHT THAT WAY? HAVE YOU BEEN SUICIDAL? THAT GIVES THEM PERMISSION TO BE ABLE TO BE OPEN ABOUT IT. TO BE ABLE TO BE THAT SAFE PERSON THAT IS ABLE TO HEAR AND RECEIVE INFORMATION, IT’S IMPORTANT. OFTENTIMES IT IS SOMETHING THAT — THAT FOLKS KEEP CLOSE TO THEM IN ISOLATION. KNOWING THAT IS A CONFIDENT PERSON I CAN CONFIDE IN AND THAT COMPASSIONATE WAY. TAYLOR: THE PERSON ANSWERS YES. WHAT IS NEXT? IT WILL BE REALLY SCARY WHEN YOU ASKED THAT QUESTION IF THEY SAY YES. I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SAY THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT WITH ME. THAT HAS TO BE REALLY DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO DO THAT. I’M CONCERNED ABOUT YOU SO LET’S TALK ABOUT SOMETHING WE CAN DO TO KEEP YOU SAFE AND ARE YOU FEELING SAFE RIGHT NOW, AND OPEN THAT UP AND TALK ABOUT THINGS LIKE WHAT ARE THEIR REASONS FOR FEELING THIS WAY. ALSO, THE REASONS FOR WANTING TO LIVE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY REMEMBER THOSE THINGS TOO. TAYLOR: IF THEY SAY NO, THEN WHAT IS NEXT? IT’S OK TO BE ABLE TO STILL ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT HAS YOU FEELING THIS WAY. IF NOT THAT, WE ARE STILL CONCERNED IN NOT HAVE NOTICED YOU HAVE NOT BEEN JOINING US FOR LUNCH OR NOT ENGAGING IN THE SAME ACTIVITIES WITH THE SAME FRIENDS. WHAT IS HAPPENING? STILL BEING THE SAFE PERSON TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH. TAYLOR: HE IS SAFE PERSON EITHER WAY. YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TO ASSIST SOMEONE. ASK, SUPPORT, RESPOND. THAT IS A THREE WORD APPROACH WE UTILIZE WITH A LOT OF OUR STAFF WITHIN OUR AGENCY TO FEEL CONFIDENT AND COMFORTABLE HAVING THOSE KINDS OF CONVERSATIONS THAT OTHERWISE WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT TO DO OR HOW TO GO THEY MAY NOT ASK. THE PRINCIPLES OF ASKING QUESTIONS DIRECTLY IN A COMPASSIONATE WAY, BEING THE SUPPORTIVE LISTENER, AND KNOWING WHAT OPPORTUNITIES OR OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE BEYOND THAT ONE CONVERSATION. TAYLOR: PARENTS TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT THIS, ANYTHING DIFFERENT TO DO THERE FOR PARENTS? NOT REALLY. THE ONE THING REALLY IMPORTANT TO LET PARENTS UNDERSTAND IS TALKING ABOUT SUICIDE WILL NOT PUT THE THOUGHT INTO THEIR CHILD’S HEAD. THAT’S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT FOR ANYBODY TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THAT PIECE OF IT. WHEN WE ARE OPEN AND HONEST ABOUT THE CONVERSATION, IT LETS THEM KNOW YOU CARE. TAYLOR: YOUNG KIDS, TEENAGERS, SAME THING? YEAH. TAYLOR: WHAT IS HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE STATE TO POSITIVELY PRODUCE SUICIDE? WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE FIVE CRISIS CENTERS IN MASSACHUSETTS PEOPLE CAN CALL IF THERE FEELING SUICIDAL. THEY ARE ALL PART OF THE NETWORK. YOU ARE GETTING SOMEONE IN MASSACHUSETTS TO ANSWER THE PHONE AND THEY ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS AND PEOPLE THAT JUST CARE. THEY ARE COMPASSIONATE, NONJUDGMENTAL LISTENERS. WE OFFER TRAINING AROUND SUICIDE PREVENTION TO HELP FOLKS UNDERSTAND HOW TO HELP AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS SUICIDAL. WE HAVE A WONDERFUL COALITION IN MASSACHUSETTS, THE MASSACHUSETTS COALITION OF SUICIDE PREVENTION. THERE ARE 10 REGIONAL COALITIONS ACROSS THE STATE. THERE WAS ONE HERE IN PIONEER VALLEY WHERE PEOPLE CAN GET INVOLVED AND HEAR MORE ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE REGION ABOUT SUICIDE PREVENTION AND TRY TO MAKE THAT EFFORT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. TAYLOR: FOR FAMILY MEMBERS, CAN THEY REACH OUT TO THAT SAME NUMBER? ABSOLUTELY. FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND, A CONCERNED COWORKER, ANYONE CAN CALL AND GET THAT SAME COMPASSIONATE ADVICE, RECOMMENDATIONS AND OPTIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE. MAYBE TO BE ABLE TO CHECK IN AND SAY YOU ARE CONCERN FOR THIS PERSON, HOW ARE YOU DOING? TAYLOR: WE WILL MOVE ON TO MILITARY AND VETERANS. HOW DOES SUICIDE IMPACT THEM? WE HAVE CERTAINLY SEEN ON THE NEWS, 22 DEATHS PER DAY OF MILITARY OR VETERANS WHO HAVE DIED BY SUICIDE. IT IS A BIG DEAL. THEY SUFFER WITH A LOT OF HIDDEN ILLNESSES THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT PTSD AND THE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES. IT MAKES IT HARDER FOR THEM TO OPEN UP. THAT WHOLE PERSONA OF WANTING TO BE THAT TOUGH MILITARY PERSON AND NOT BEING ABLE TO OPEN UP. I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO WORK WITH SOME DIFFERENT MILITARY BRANCHES. THEY ARE TRYING TO MAKE THAT DIFFERENCE OF LETTING THEM KNOW THERE IS A PLACE FOR THEM TO GO AND TALK TO ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THEM AND WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THEM AND THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT DO CARE. TAYLOR: ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THAT? THAT REALLY IS GREAT. I WAS ABLE TO SEE FROM OUR LOCAL V.A. THAT THEY ARE RECOGNIZING SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK. THEY ARE HAVING EVENTS AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYONE AND THAT LARGE FACILITY TO HEAR, LEARN AND CARE. TAYLOR: IF YOU OR SOME OF YOU KNOW IS CONSIDERING SUICIDE, CALL THE NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN FOR THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE THAT PROVIDES 24/7 SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE IN DISTRESS, PREVENTION AND CRISIS RESOURCES FOR YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES. TAYLOR: YOU ARE WATCHING 22NEWS INFOCUS. THIS WEEK IS SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK. YOU HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING WAYS TO IDENTIFY IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW MAY BE HAVING THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE. LET’S TALK ABOUT PREVENTION. PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS ARE ASKING ABOUT A PERSON’S MENTAL HEALTH. BUYER PHYSICIANS LAYING THIS ROLE IN THE PATIENT’S LIFE? I HAD A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE A FEW WEEKS BACK WITH MY OWN ANNUAL APPOINTMENT. MY PHYSICIAN PROVIDED ME WITH A SCREENING TOOL FOR DEPRESSION. IT WAS REALLY GREAT TO KNOW A SAFE PLACE I GO IS INTERESTED IN MY FULL HEALTH. MY PHYSICAL HEALTH AND MY EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH, ALL THESE THINGS THAT IMPACT EACH OTHER. IT WAS NICE TO BE ABLE TO HEAR WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THAT PRACTICE, WHICH IS PART OF A LARGE PRACTICE. THE RECOGNITION IS BEING BROUGHT TO THE MOST COMFORTABLE PLACE TO BEGIN FOR ANY PERSON. TAYLOR: KIND OF LIKE THE WHOLE HEALTH. HOW DOES YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH ALL KIND OF WORK TOGETHER? IT’S AMAZING. WE ALL KNOW IF ONE PIECE IS NOT IN LINE, THE REST OF IT FALLS APART. A LOT — SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS PEOPLE TALK ABOUT WITH DEPRESSION OR PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS LIKE HEADACHES OR STOMACHACHES, BEING TIRED ALL THE TIME. UNLESS WE ARE ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET THE RIGHT ANSWERS. TAYLOR: THOSE ARE PHYSICAL. LET’S TALK ABOUT DEPRESSION A LITTLE MORE. WHAT OTHER SYMPTOMS? JUST LIKE WITH SUICIDE THEY ARE NOT INVOLVED IN ACTIVITIES THEY TYPICALLY WOULD DO. THEY KIND OF LOSE FOCUS. SOME OF THE THINGS THEY ARE DOING, SOME PEOPLE SHOW PHYSICAL LINES SUCH AS BEING A MASS, NOT BEING THEMSELVES AND THEY LOOK DIFFERENT. OTHER PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO HOLD IT TOGETHER. IT IS HARD FOR YOU TO KNOW EXCEPT INTERNALLY THEY MIGHT BE A MESS. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS THEY CAN OPEN UP AND SHOW THERE IS MORE GOING ON. IT IS A MATTER OF KNOWING AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE SAFE, OPEN DIALOGUE IF SOMETHING DOES NOT SEEM OK. IT’S OK TO SAY THAT. IF A COWORKER HAS A BROKEN ARM WE WANT TO HELP THEM. WE CAN APPROACH THAT ANY SPECIFIC WAY. THIS ALLOWS US TO TRY TO STAY SAID — HAVE SENSITIVE ACKNOWLEDGMENT TO OTHER SAYING. TAYLOR: YOU ARE PHYSICALLY HURT, YOU BROKE YOUR ARM AND GO TO THE DOCTOR. WHAT IF YOU’RE NOT FEELING MENTALLY WELL? WHERE DO YOU TURN? WE DEFINITELY SAID PRIMARY CARE IS A GREAT PLACE TO START THAT. IF IT IS A PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR WHO IS DOING A SCREENING, THAT IS AWESOME. THAT GIVES YOU AT LEAST SOME PIECE OF INFORMATION. THAT REFERRAL TO A BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SPECIALIST. SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS IN THIS AREA. A PROFESSIONAL UNLIKE ANY OTHER OF YOU A STOMACH PROBLEM AND ARE GOING TO SPECIALIST FOR THAT, THIS IS A SPECIALIST FOR THE BRAIN. TAYLOR: WHAT IS THE BEST EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER AND WHAT DOES IT OFFER? THAT’S AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT KELLY MENTIONED. WE ARE IN OUTPATIENT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINIC. WE HAVE FOLKS THAT IS SPECIALIZING IN FOLKS SITTERS PARENTING ANY LEVEL OF CONCERNS. WHETHER IT IS SITUATIONAL OR LONGER-TERM, EXPERIENCE OF DEPRESSION OR EXCITING. MENTAL HEALTH SUBSIDIES, MAYBE BOTH. LOSS OF LOVED ONE OR BEREAVEMENT. IT’S AN OPEN CLINIC THAT CATERS TO A UNIQUE NEED. IF SOMEBODY BENEFITS AND WALKING FOR A WHILE. IF THERE UNCOMFORTABLE SITTING IN AN OFFICE WE TRY APPROACH THE INDIVIDUAL TO MAKE THEM COMFORTABLE TO SHARE. TAYLOR: IF A SUICIDE DOES OCCUR WHAT TYPE OF RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE FOR SURVIVORS? WE HAVE SOME REALLY GREAT RESOURCES IN MASSACHUSETTS. THERE ARE SUPPORT GROUPS LOCATED ALL OVER THE STATE. ACTUALLY ON OUR WEBSITE WE DO HAVE SOME OF THOSE SUPPORT GROUPS. SOME GROUPS WILL COME DIRECTED TO YOUR HOME OR MEET YOU IN A COFFEE SHOP IF YOU’RE NOT COMFORTABLE BEING IN A SUPPORT GROUP SETTING. WE HAVE PROVIDERS WHO WILL COME TO COMMUNITIES OR SCHOOLS WHEN A YOUTH DIES BY SUICIDE BECAUSE THEY CAN BE EXTREMELY TRAUMATIC AND WE WANT TO HELP STUDENTS WHO MIGHT BE IN THE SIDELINES. THIS OPENS IT UP A LITTLE BIT MORE FOR THEM. THEY MAY ALSO BE AT RISK. WE TRY TO PROVIDE THIS KIND OF THINGS. I THINK ALSO THERE ARE WONDERFUL GROUPS THAT EXIST FOR INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE ATTEMPTS. THEY HAVE GROUPS WHERE THEY CAN FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH OTHERS WHO HAVE SIMILAR EXPERIENCES TO LEARN AND GROW TOGETHER. TAYLOR: CAN YOU TALK TO ME ABOUT THE EFFECT OF SUICIDE MIGHT HAVE ON FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS? AS A SURVIVOR MYSELF I’VE EXPERIENCED THAT THE GRIEF IS VERY DIFFERENT THAN THE GRIEF OF SOMEBODY WHO MAY DIE NATURALLY OR MAYBE HAD A HEART ISSUE OR SOMETHING ELSE. PART OF IT IS THE WAY WE PROCESS IT. WE FEEL GUILTY. DID WE MISS SOMETHING? WE MIGHT LOOK AT THAT PERSON AND THINK OF SELFISH OF THEM FOR DOING THAT. THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER EMOTIONS THAT GO THROUGH AHEAD AND WE DON’T OF THE ANSWERS. THE PERSON HE DOES IS NO LONGER WITH US AND WE CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT WE DID WRONG. HOW COME WE COULD NOT HAVE HELPED THEM IN THAT TIME OF NEED WHEN THEY NEEDED IT? ONE THING I TRY TO STRESS WITH PEOPLE IS WHEN A PERSON DIES BY SUICIDE TYPICALLY THEY THINK THEY ARE DOING US A FAVOR. THEY THINK THEY ARE THE BURDEN. THEY THINK THEY ARE WORTHLESS AND WE WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT THEM. THE MORE WE CAN LET FOLKS KNOW ABOUT IT, THEY DO MEAN THINGS TO US AND IT CAN HELP US SAVE A LIFE. THAT IS EVERYTHING, TO BE ABLE TO KNOW IT IS OK TO LET FOLKS KNOW YOU CARE. IT’S OK TO BE CARED FOR. IT’S OK TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS BECAUSE ONE CONVERSATION CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. TAYLOR: FINALLY, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TIPS TO GIVE SOMEONE IF THEY THINK SOMEONE IN THEIR FAMILY IS SUICIDAL? DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK THE QUESTION, ARE YOU FEELING SUICIDAL? LET THEM KNOW SOMEONE CARES ABOUT THEM. DON’T WORRY IF YOU HAVE TO GO ABOUT IT ALONE. THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE THERE THAT DO CARE. TAYLOR: ANY TIPS OR ANYTHING DIFFERENT FROM THAT? JUST THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE. THERE IS A LARGE COMMUNITY IN THE STATE, IN THEIR COMMUNITY AVAILABLE IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE. TAYLOR: IF YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW IS CONSIDERING SUICIDE, CALL THE NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN I HERE FOR THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE. IT PROVIDES 24/7 FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE IN DISTRESS, AND CRISIS RESOURCES FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONE. WE WILL HAVE THE LAST WORD AFTER THE BREAK. YOU ARE WATCHING 22NEWS INFOCUS. TAYLOR: YOU ARE WATCHING 22NEWS INFOCUS. TODAY WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT SUICIDE PREVENTION. THANK YOU TO OUR GUESTS, KELLY CUNNINGHAM BUT THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, AND SARAH KENDALL, FROM THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION. IF YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW IS CONSIDERING SUICIDE, YOU CAN CALL THE NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN FOR THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE. THAT IS OUR PROGRAM FOR TODAY. THANKS TO YOU BUT HOME FOR WATCHING. IF YOU MISSED ANY OF THIS, YOU CAN WATCH IT ON OUR WEBSITE, WWLP.COM. FROM ALL OF US AT 22NEWS, WE HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY. ♪

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