Suicide Prevention MonthSeptember 21, 2022
We all have ups and downs, highs and lows. I believe we are all coping with life's experiences and having an emotional reaction every day. Even those who feel apathetic, I believe, are having a response to not want to feel. Sometimes, those life experiences can seem so heavy or painful and it seems the only way to cope is to run, and for some running away from this life. But much like the seasons change, situations and circumstances change. As we enter a new season, I would like to bring your attention to September, Suicide Prevention Month.
Suicide is so unfortunate, and even more unfortunate, that some souls are unhealthy and unable to see any other way to cope. Suicide has been deemed an irrational act. The idea to take your life is the complete opposite of our life's purpose, which is to exist. Regardless of religious affiliation, we as humans have an innate desire to survive. Hence, the need for coping skills is crucial. And for those seeking more enjoyment as they exist, uncovering purpose and fulfillment is necessary.
I encourage everyone to explore what you enjoy,
find more ways to enjoy yourself,
and never stop learning and
more importantly, learning to love to live!
But depression, like any many other illnesses, can become fatal if not treated. As a clinician, I see the prevalence in work and the lives of those around me. Just like we are proactively managing infectious diseases such as covid and the flu, I would urge us all to do the same to prevent the common cold of the mind, depression.
You can be genetically predisposed, deficient in biological hormonal balances, or simply lacking coping skills to manage life's occurrences. Nonetheless, there is always an unmet need when someone attempts or completes suicide. And yes, attention, I believe, is a necessary need.
I've heard comments about hurting people seeking attention and I am here to express that yes; suicidal ideations and attempts are for attention regardless of the attempter's conscious or unconscious intent.
So as I have your attention in this short blog, I hope you pay attention to friends, give attention in healthy ways, and direct loved ones to medical attention if necessary. If you have questions about how to help, reach out to offer support. Sometimes simply listening intently is the attention we need.
If there is a need for medical attention, you or a loved one can call the National Suicide Hotline by dialing 988 or
911 if someone is actively attempting to harm themselves or someone else.
If you know someone who is experiencing lows and cannot see any other options for coping with life, please reach out for professional help. It is also important to remember that professionals can give the necessary attention by adequately evaluating risk, teaching, and introducing new coping skills, or simply giving necessary attention. Personally, I am hopeful that our journey together in session will explore life's joys and uncover life’s purpose.
Even after 40, I am still learning to love and to live and would love to help you do the same.
Natashia Slack-Trusclair is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Bachelor’s in Public Relations from The University of Louisiana at Monroe and her Master’s in Community Counseling from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans. She has a passion for healing others, especially children. With her 17 years of counseling experience, she loves to mentor and teach other counselors with the hopes of reaching more individuals with quality care. When she isn’t working, she loves to sing, dance, and spend time with her family. Natashia is excited to continue helping and inspiring others!