On the topic of suicide –
“In order to be a good clinician, I have found that in addition to a strict adherence to the code of ethics, a duty of care, and empathy, I must be fearless when it comes to talking about sex, money, death, and suicidal ideation,” explains Dr. Jenny Holland, Sonoma County psychologist.
“I think it is essential that we have the ability and opportunity to explore our thoughts, feelings and ideas. Such as what it means to feel like, that we might be better off dead, or that the world might be better off without us. Exploring what it feels like to think, talk and even to fantasize about it can be the first step in diffusing what could be a very bad choice. It is important to have a safe place to talk about suicide and the feelings associated with that idea.”
The WHO says that “the stigma, particularly surrounding mental disorders and suicide, means many people thinking of taking their own life or who have attempted suicide are not seeking help and therefore are not getting the help they need. The prevention of suicide has not been adequately addressed due to a lack of awareness of suicide as a major public health problem and the taboo in many societies to openly discuss it.”
The warning signs
Suicidal individuals usually give warning signs of their intentions. The trick is to recognize these warning signs and know how to respond when they happen. Alert friends, family members, teachers and even co-workers can play an important part in suicide prevention by listening objectively, pointing out the alternatives, showing care and concern, and even getting a doctor or psychologist involved.
Dr. Jenny Holland, PsyD
Dr. Holland is a psychotherapist practicing in Sonoma County California, providing cutting edge, integrative and evidence-based mental health care, proven effective with depression and anxiety, life transitions; pregnancy, parenting, ageing, loss, and caring for a parent or loved one during a health crisis or decline.
In-person and Online Video Counseling Services are now available. Short-term sessions, single sessions or ongoing support to meet your needs. Contact Dr. Holland to schedule an appointment at 707-479-2946.