The Ripple Effect of Suicide

“A suicide is like a pebble in a pond. The waves ripple outward.”

I remember my mom telling this to me. Seeing a pebble drop into a pond, it’s something small that makes a big impact.

The people impacted most dramatically are the ones closest to the deceased: family, friends, co-workers, classmates. 

As the waves move outward, they get smaller and smaller. The reach of the waves is much greater than the size of the pebble itself.

People, close to the deceased, always blame themselves for not being able to help their loved ones who have struggled openly with mental health.

The suicide sometimes comes as a “total shock” to the survivors, who may think, “He seemed to be doing better.” “She had turned her life around.” “He was making plans for the future.”

So, what can you do to reduce the impact of a suicide, and work toward social empathy?

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