Mental Health

Building a Suicide Prevention Safety Plan for Yourself 

A suicide prevention safety plan is a written set of instructions that you create for yourself as a contingency plan should you begin to experience thoughts about harming yourself. It will contain a series of gradually escalating steps that you will follow, proceeding from one step to the next, until […]

Self-care for the Caregiver of a Suicide Attempt Survivor 

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“If you don’t do things to keep your cup full, you have nothing left to give others.”  This seems like a pretty practical and obvious “life lesson”, right? Unfortunately, it is often forgotten when you’re caring for and loving someone experiencing a mental health crisis and suicidal ideation. It seems […]

Fear and Phobias

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Everyone has felt afraid of something at one point or another in their lifetime, but not everyone has been diagnosed with a phobia. According to healthline.com, “A phobia is an excessive and irrational fear reaction. If you have a phobia, you may experience a deep sense of dread or panic […]

When Children Ask About Suicide  

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Stereotypical youth suicides occur in the teenage years, but pre-teens are also vulnerable. In 2018, suicide was the second leading cause of death for children aged 10 to 14 in the United States. It’s important for parents to be prepared to discuss suicidal ideation with preteens as well as older adolescents.   When very young children […]

The Challenges and Rewards of Caregiving 

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Sometimes a caregiving situation is short-lived, for instance when an injury or illness heals quickly. At other times, the caregiving journey can last for years, or even decades.  No two caregiving journeys are exactly the same, but caregiving challenges can include:  Sleep deprivation.   Having a living space that is cluttered with medical equipment  Being obliged to take someone else’s special diet into consideration at every meal.   Being responsible […]

Suicide – How long does the crisis last?  

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A 2007 study involving interviews with 153 attempt survivors revealed that most suicidal crises are short-lived. Participants were asked how long they thought about suicide before making their attempt. The results were:   Less than 5 minutes: 24%  5 to 19 minutes: 24%  2-8 hours: 16%  1 or more days: 13%   Another […]

Depression in Teens

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Many parents wonder how to tell if their teen is experiencing normal teen mood swings or something more serious, like Major Depressive Disorder. One way to distinguish these is to consider the severity of symptoms, duration, and impact on functioning.   Symptoms of depression in teens include depressed, sad, or irritable […]

Health and Safety Risks Affect Our Farmers 

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Say the word “farmer” and many people picture a guy in a ball cap driving a big tractor across a lush green field on a sunny day. While these sorts of days happen, they are the exception more than the rule of how farmers usually spend their days.   Weather, finances and social factors each bring […]

Celebrating the Holidays as a Caregiver: Why is it so hard?  

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Holiday expectations can change dramatically for someone who becomes a caregiver for a loved one. It can be difficult for those who are not caregivers to realize just how difficult the holidays can be for a caregiving household. While each caregiving situation is unique in some ways, there are also common factors that can make the situation easier more difficult.    The relationship between […]

What to Expect When You Bring a Loved One Home after a Suicide Attempt 

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When you take a loved one to the ER after a suicide attempt, the visit is extremely stressful but it can also be a relief. As long as you’re at the ER someone else is in charge. While you’re there, once the physical crisis is over, you know that your loved one is safe.   When the ER staff has done […]