** At High Risk **

August 8, 2010

I didn’t know this at the time when I was going through my grief- and it’s something I came across in my research on suicide:

Widows in general (of non-suicide related deaths) are one of the highest risk groups for suicide.

Thus making widows of men who completed a suicide the group that is MOST at risk for suicide.

If you are a widow of a man who completed suicide, or you know of a woman who lost her husband, boyfriend, or partner to suicide – it’s important to be aware of this vulnerability. These feelings are normal, natural, and common; we just don’t speak about these things in our society. We’re too scared to.

Make sure you have support, loved ones around, and group activities to partcipate in. The more “buffers” (people around you, community, events, activities) you  have in your life, the safer you are.

Faith. Hope. Strength.


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