2.4 Put on their shoes
Now that you have a better idea of your thoughts around suicide, it’s time to put yourself in the shoes of someone who is thinking about suicide. This activity will help you understand how someone can get to the point of thinking about suicide.
Think about your life right now. On a piece of paper, note who/what you would include on the list below.
1. Closest family member (parent, spouse, etc.)
2. Closest friend (college buddy, childhood friend, etc.)
3. Important support network (book club, church, etc.)
4. Favorite activity (sailing, knitting, etc.)
5. Favorite possession (camera, motorcycle, etc.)
While life might not be perfect, you have things which bring value to your life. Take a closer look at the list and cross out one item you are willing to give up.
That wasn’t easy, right? It’s difficult to lose things so close to you.
Now, cross out the item with the lowest number left on your list. Also, cross off the highest number left on your list.
With the remainder of items on your list, how are you feeling?
Do you feel you can function against life’s challenges in the same way as when you had all your supports in place?
Losing so many aspects of support in life can cause anyone to start thinking about suicide. Previously, you may have thought it would never come up in your circle. However, suicide does not discriminate. People of all ethnicities, genders and socioeconomic statuses can be affected.
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