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…

Learn the D.A.N.G.E.R. Signs of Suicide

Learn the D.A.N.G.E.R. Signs of Suicide

As we’ve heard recently in the news, suicide rates have increased 30 percent since 2000. In order to stem this tide, we all need to know more about why and when to be on alert and then what action to take, because knowing the warnings signs and what to do if you notice them can help you save the life of a loved one, friend, co-worker or employee.

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…

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….

How to Communicate Following a Suicide: 4 Lessons From the Media

How to Communicate Following a Suicide: 4 Lessons From the Media
By Bob VandePol, MSW More than 50 research studies worldwide have found that certain types of news coverage can increase the likelihood of suicide in vulnerable individuals. The magnitude of the increase is related to the amount, duration and prominence...

Crisis Response Guidelines After a Suicide

Crisis Response Guidelines After a Suicide
By Bob VandePol, MSW Don't Let Tragedy Lead to Another Tragedy Death powerfully jars our concept of the way life is supposed to be. When the death is by suicide, those feeling are magnified. How leaders respond after death by...

The Dos and Don’ts for Responding Spiritually to Tragedy

The Dos and Don’ts for Responding Spiritually to Tragedy

It’s tempting to rush to faith-driven explanations for seemingly senseless events and tragedy, but they often incite further hurt, frustration or even rage.