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What I Want My Son to Know About My Suicide Attempt

posted Jun 5, 2015, 6:35 AM by Youth Suicide Awareness Action Team   [ updated Jun 5, 2015, 6:36 AM ]
As teenagers, my brother and I both attempted suicide. We both survived. A few years later, when we were in our early 20s, my brother attempted again. This time, he succeeded.

Ten years have passed since my brother's death, and I am now the mother of a son. As a survivor of suicide, here are 10 things I want him to know:

1. Feel Your Feelings: There will always be people who are uncomfortable with difficult feelings. "Don't be scared," they'll say. "Don't be sad." Or worse: "Don't cry." They'll tell you to "toughen up." Don't listen. The deeper you bury your hurts and fears, the more painful they become. Instead, acknowledge your difficult feelings and hold them gently. Allow them to be what they are without trying to change them and trust that they will pass.

2. Everything is Temporary: To read the rest of the article, click here.