World Suicide Prevention Day: 5 Things I Learned After the Loss of a Friend From Suicide by Lindsay Gerszt
Years ago I lost my dear friend, Naomi Knoles, from suicide. I met Naomi when we interviewed her for When The Bough Breaks, a documentary about postpartum depression. Naomi suffered from postpartum psychosis and ultimately took her daughter's life. After spending 10 years in prison for her crime, she also took her own life. Her story is a tragic one and changed my life forever. This is what I learned after Naomi lost her battle with depression:
- Do not blame yourself. There was nothing YOU did that would have caused someone to harm themselves.
- Never judge anyone. We all have our demons, just some are more visible than others.
- Always be kind. You never know when someone needs encouraging words, an ear to be heard or even just a smile from you.
- Show support to their family and friends. They need it and not just right after the tragedy.
- Share their story! We have to keep their memory alive. Others WILL learn from their struggles and pain. Sharing their story may save someone's life.
Everyone has a story to tell and a story worth sharing!
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