Hope for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Hope for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Hope for Survivors of Suicide Loss

One of the reasons suicide is so tragic is that it is a stark reminder of just how connected we all are to one another. The void left when someone dies by suicide is unlike anything else. The impact ripples…

You Can Help Prevent Suicide

You Can Help Prevent Suicide
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. That’s about 123 individuals each day. And for every death there are 25 attempts. The financial cost is a staggering $69 billion annually.1 The cost of life as well...

Do You Know the D.A.N.G.E.R. Signs of Suicide?

Do You Know the D.A.N.G.E.R. Signs of Suicide?
By Bob Vandepol, MSW Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, killing 117 people every day. For each death, another 25 people attempt suicide. We are hearing about suicide in the news and in our...

Changing the Course of Life

Changing the Course of Life
Meet Rob. He has struggled with anxiety and depression as long as he can remember, self-harming throughout high school. Growing up, his family did not have adequate insurance, so he just dealt with it as best he could into adulthood....

10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of a Suicide

10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of a Suicide
By Bob VandePol, MSW Death powerfully jars our concept of the way life is supposed to be. That dissonance is multiplied when the death is by suicide. Following the tragedy of death by suicide, the workforce will include people whose...

Patient Assistance Fund: Lisa’s Story of Recovery

Patient Assistance Fund: Lisa’s Story of Recovery

Meet Lisa.* She is 17 years old and receiving outpatient care from Pine Rest. Not long ago, Lisa attempted suicide. She had been abused by her father since the age of three. Although he was ultimately sent to prison for these…

Construction Workers at Higher Risk for Suicide

Construction Workers at Higher Risk for Suicide

Construction workers are statistically at a higher risk for mental health issues than virtually every other profession. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one third of all suicides in 2012 were workers in the construction and…

Effective Crisis Leadership Following Suicide

Effective Crisis Leadership Following Suicide
By Bob VandePol, MSW When death by suicide strikes the workplace, employees immediately look to its leadership for direction. How leaders respond when all eyes are upon them offers both tremendous opportunity and serious risk for the subsequent outcomes. Do...

One Mother’s Story: Christmas 2016

One Mother’s Story: Christmas 2016

The Christmas prior to starting therapy at Pine Rest, my daughter didn’t think she was worthy of living. That year, we both cried the entire way to our family gathering. My daughter suffered from high anxiety and was very depressed….

9 Tips for Supporting Someone After a Loved One Dies

9 Tips for Supporting Someone After a Loved One Dies
By Bob VandePol, MSW Supporting someone after a loved one dies provides a daunting challenge. Those you reach out to will never forget your response. Neither will you. The following suggestions have proven helpful: 1. Listening is the most effective communication tool....