This was 2 months after high school graduation. My classmate was missing for 7 months. The devastation & grief were immense after the unexpected loss. We were naïve teenagers facing overwhelming sadness. Eventually her death was ruled a #suicide. #ph260720
In 2016, while living with my best friend, I briefly had a #suicidal roommate. The aftermath of my classmate’s death inspired me to study suicide, but I was not prepared to be the caretaker to a loved one in her time of crisis. #ph260720
About me: I choose #suicidology because I have seen the effects of suicide on families & communities. I am a sociological suicidologist turned #publichealth researcher. Learning from #livedexperiences and using #qualitativemethods in #suicideresearch is important to me. #ph260720
Did you know? 🤔

According to @CDCgov, in 2019:

#⃣47,500+ died by suicide
#⃣1.4 million attempted suicide
#⃣3.5 million made a plan for suicide
#⃣12 million people seriously thought about suicide

#suicidefacts #ph260720
Suicidal thoughts can happen to anyone. @lttphoto is a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors. It can be scary when someone you know is struggling with thoughts of #suicide.
#livethroughthis #ph260720
📷: @lttphoto @deseraestage

#suicidemyth: Asking someone if they’re considering suicide will cause them to have thoughts of suicide.
#suicidefact: Asking someone about suicide may REDUCE suicidal thoughts & may be a RELIEF. #ph260720

📽️: @lttphoto @deseraestage
@CDCgov developed a #publichealth approach for #suicideprevention with policies, programs, and packages for community interventions. Which of these is needed in your hometown? Your school? Your office? Your community? #ph260720
@800273TALK offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24/7.
📞You can call anytime.
📞If you’re in crisis, or if you’re worried about someone who may be #suicidal, please call.
📞Assume that you are the only one who will reach out.
#BeThe1To #ph260720
You can help #savealife. Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. #Talk with your loved one who is struggling. #Listen, #checkin, and let them know you care.
#mentalhealthmatters #suicideprevetion #ph260720
Today, my dear friend is thriving. She is going to therapy, attending church, and eating regularly. Recently, she sent me FOUR birthday cards, with heartfelt messages of #gratitude and #friendship. To my best gal: I’m glad you chose to #stay. ♥️ #suicideprevention #ph260720

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