93% of people who attempt suicide do not end up dying by suicide. This proves that it is very realistic to believe that even people who get to that dark place, can survive and thrive, with the right skills and supports.
One of the keys is finding the right helper(s) to guide one along the path to safety from suicide and/or self harm. The right helper(s) is/are caring, respectful, patient, and knowledgeable. She/he/they is/are well-grounded in recent research and best practices for reducing suicide risk. That includes working collaboratively with the person at risk and those closest to her/him.
Individual Counseling with ME?
Because of my extensive professional experience, my on-going training specifically in reducing suicide risk, my personal experience, and “the kind of person” I am, I may be the right person to help you or the person you feel so concerned about. And if I’m not the right person, I will try to help you find that right person.
My way of working with people to help them reduce suicide risk is about helping them get to #LifeWorthLiving. That’s what really prevents suicide. So I ask my people to agree to stick around and work with me long enough to learn some new skills to replace old ones. Some of those skills are based in a model called “Safety Planning.” People who work with me get to talk and be heard and believed through the lenses like “No shame, no blame.” and “It’s never too late to learn and change.”
Stayin’ Alive is the support group in Lawrence, Kansas for people 18 and over who have ongoing suicide thoughts, self-harm, and/or have attempted suicide. Membership is open to people who can participate in Lawrence, regardless of residency. The group is informed by curriculum from Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in Los Angeles. The Lawrence group was co-founded in September 2015 by Lori Reasoner, a paraprofessional counselor with experience with suicide, and me. Since Summer 2016, my Peer Co-Facilitator is Cari Gottstein. We periodically offer series of 6-8 sessions, and at other times offer “free-standing” meetings. Find helpful posts and info about meetings online at Stayin’ Alive. If you, or someone you know, are/is interested, please contact me to arrange a time to discuss participating. Thank you.
Thriving Family-Friends in Lawrence, Kansas is for those supporting suicidal loved ones. During some meetings we use exercises from “Is This The Night: Finding Inner Peace” by Annemarie Matulis, national leader of the movement to bring those family-friends to the national suicide prevention community.
Suicide Prevention resources: a variety of specialized lists available
Please leave a message at 785.331.6440
or email M.Epstein.LMSW@gmail.com