Experiencing the loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult trials of life, and unfortunately is something we will all go through, likely many times over. For many, maybe even most, it is incredibly difficult to express our feelings of grief to others. This becomes even more challenging when the death was not an accident, but rather self-inflicted. Shame, guilt, regret - these are just some of the many emotions that can course through the mind of someone closely acquainted with an episode of suicide.
This week, instead of sharing an original Rice Psychology Group blog, I feel so strongly that another blog addresses the topic of suicide and talking openly about mental illness that I couldn't say it any better myself. I encourage you to read the blog, Telling the Truth About Mental Illness written by Ruth Roth, a woman who lost her son through suicide. She provides a first-hand account of what it's like to experience the extreme pain of the loss of a child and how we can all do something that will help future families to not have to go through the same ordeal she did.