A World Without Suicide
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A World Without Suicide
A world where everyone gets the help they need.
The esteemed therapist Nate Wagner is a client and friend. I asked Nate to prepare this blog on one of his areas of personal expertise. I know it is a highly emotional topic, but it is relevant and you need to know. Please share.
Many of my clients come to me after they lost a loved one to suicide. My clients are courageous because they are working through challenges that invoke clients to ask many unanswerable questions. I would have chosen this niche, but there was so little help or support 15 years ago when I lost my only sibling to suicide. I chose to become better rather than bitter through this lived experience.
One of the best and most impactful coping skills I utilized to help me work through my emotions was writing in my journal. Without writing my emotions down on paper I wouldn’t be helping others through their grief process. I would still be stuck in my own grief.
The second coping skill that was helpful in my journey was exercise. This has helped my clients and me immediately. There is no need to go on a long run or have a hard workout. However, it is important to get your blood pumping (please ask your doctor first).
I often receive feedback that my book, Sibling Suicide, has made a huge impact in the readers’ lives. The most amazing part is that this feedback is not limited just to those living in the US, but also other countries. This book was written for sibling suicide survivors (like me). The content is helpful for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide.
My family talks about this in age-appropriate ways. Two years ago, my daughter (now six) asked my wife, Cindy, "what does it mean to live in a world without suicide?” My wife responded, “When everyone gets the help they need.” She added, “Daddy is doing his part to make that happen.”
That is exactly why I do what I do in my practice and life. If need to talk about your grief journey, contact Nate Wagner.
If you are having suicidal thoughts or want the pain to stop, contact the National Suicide Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text 741741. Someone is waiting to talk with you 24 hours a day.
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