What Do Persons Struggling with Suicide Need Most? # 6
Updated: Mar 12
I would love to hear from my readers any ideas they have to answer the following question. WHAT WOULD BE CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO HELPING TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS STRUGGLING WITH FEELINGS OF WORTHLESSNESS AND SUICIDAL IDEATION TO EXPERIENCE REALISTIC HOPE, EMOTIONAL HEALING, AND EMPOWERMENT?
Please share any ideas you have, and let me know if I can post your ideas on my blog with your first name, or a first name you create. In June, I hope to start a focus group to meet five times to develop answers to the above question. I would like to have two or three young adults who have struggled with suicidal ideation, a family member of a person who has or still is struggling, a high school teacher, and a couple more ordinary people who want to help teens and young adults.
As a mental health provider, I believe that we have fallen short in developing effective services to truly provide depressed persons with hope, effective skills, and strategies to help them heal from traumatic experiences and to silence their negative self-talk. Way too often we have failed to help clients overcome feelings of worthlessness and effectively manage their depression, anger, and anxiety.
I want to meet persons who can first identify what is wrong with existing services. How do psychiatric medications, therapy services, and the community fail to help young people in need? What are roadblocks to seeking help? What do mental health professionals do that pushes persons away? What are simple things that could be done in the community to better serve those who are suicidal?
I want to hear from persons who have made huge strides in overcoming suicidal urges and feelings of despair. What was most important to them in making needed changes in their thoughts, feelings and actions? How important was talking with someone who listened and validated them? What helped them to develop a more hopeful mindset? What skills did they learn that empowered them to live life more effectively? What helped them to experience emotional healing? How did they find an emotional support network that helped them to open up and address difficult issues?
Please share any thoughts you have related to the question in the first paragraph of this blog. Use the contact button at the top of the page to respond, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am looking forward to hearing from you. Let me know if it is okay to share some of your ideas in an upcoming blog.
Have a great day!