This guest post is written by Julie Jakopic
and generously shared with her permission.
My experience with suicide began over half a century ago, when I found my mother on the floor of her bathroom after her first attempt. It has gone on to include my father’s suicide 8 years later and my husbands another 30 years later. It has also included 5 years of running a crisis hotline, and many serving on and chairing the Alexandria Community Services Board.
This week has been difficult with several clients in crisis and several things that have been painful, tearful triggers for me, too. I am grateful that with my family history, while I have suffered depression, I never been suicidal. The more I know, the less expert I feel. But there are a few things I’ve learned that might help us.
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