Laguna Treatment Hospital’s COO, Marlon Rollins, penned an op-ed released on International Survivors of Suicide Day about the death of his sister by suicide and the feelings of grief often felt by the survivors of suicide.
As he states in the piece, “Many survivors feel partly responsible when a loved one commits suicide, just as I did. How did we not know? How did we not see the signs? You certainly wouldn’t feel that way about a loved one who died from cancer.”
He goes on to say that the feelings of guilt and responsibility can make a survivor of suicide believe that they would not receive the same sympathy for a death by suicide as they would for a loved one lost from cancer, and this can lead to many survivors not giving themselves an opportunity to heal.
“Remembering our lived ones lost to suicide is critically important in the healing process. It’s important to know that you deserve to heal, to feel grief and communicate the sense of loss that comes with the passing of anyone you love, no matter what the circumstances.”
Rollins then lists five healthy strategies that can help those affected begin or continue their journey to healing.
The entire piece can be read at PsychCentral.
If you know someone who’s struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, or perhaps you are yourself, please know that you are not alone. There are people who care and resources that can help.
Start by calling the 1-800-273-TALK crisis hotline or texting TALK to 741741. Both provide free, private and confidential support for anyone who calls or texts 24/7.