The suicidal brain is not focused on reaching out for help.
If you know someone who has suicidal thoughts, check in with them often. Make them talk to you. Be more persistent than their brain.
Don’t guess about whether they are having suicidal thoughts.
Don’t play the odds that their suicidal thoughts will go away.
Don’t think that saying something will push them to suicide.
And don’t think that suicidal urges get easier to manage. They don’t. They get harder to manage.
RIP Dave Mirra.
And God bless your children, who will never understand how strong the suicidal urge is…unless they too have those urges.
I hope they don’t.
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