Today I go “down the rabbit hole” to talk about a topic that’s completely interwoven with suicide itself - it’s tied to & a part of the same stigma that may have contributed to the suicide of our loved one in the first place. Implicit bias is most commonly thought of and discussed when having to do with obvious stigmas (aka stereotypes) like race, age, sexuality, ability, etc BUT it also applies to mental health and especially to the sudden death by suicide. Let me tell you how.
In this episode I talk about (& unravel my own thoughts on) :
There is so much that is said - and even what's NOT said - after suicide loss that is both toxic and further traumatizing to the grievers left behind. I believe that choosing to meet these things head-on, with others but also with ourselves, is the way through to healing. Not forgetting, but healing. Please don't mix those two up - we will never forget our loved ones but in order to move forward and bring them with us, we have to heal.
Here’s the article I talked about that highlights one suicide loss widow’s loss story & her work (her artwork) to break down the shame & stigma. I found much inspiration in Marlie Howell’s story.
And HERE are a few links (as i promised in the episode) of places you can get involved - be active - and help erase stigmas and combat the implicit biases by appealing to where they live in us;
My WEBSITE "The Leftover Pieces; Rebuilding You" support central - MY HUB - and that means my different SUPPORT GROUP Options are available and much more will be coming in 2022 and 2023 "The Leftover Pieces; Rebuilding You"
Go DIRECTLY to my SUPPORT page here where you will find ALL of the ways to connect and find support
My first two books (tools I am creating for you!) in the "Facing Life After Suicide" series are available on Amazon
If you, or someone you know, is struggling with suicidal thoughts PLEASE reach out:
The National Suicide Lifeline is there for you OR CALL 988
IN a crisis you can also TEXT--->
TEXT the word "HOME" to 741741 in the USA
in Canada TEXT 686868
in the UK TEXT 85258