While highlighting one writer’s experience of passive suicidality, Refinery 29 touted Supportiv as a great option to assist in one’s mental health self-care toolkit.
Contrasting with active suicidality, a symptom of a larger and more serious issue, passive suicidal thoughts are increasingly common after nearly a year of surviving COVID and skyrocketing numbers of individuals experiencing mental health struggles.
While COVID has generated increased suffering in regards to mental health, it has also come with “an uptick in telehealth services” notes the author. Since Supportiv provides qualified care at accessible costs, it effectively fills the much needed space for individuals dealing with passive suicidal thoughts whom do not feel at risk enough to seek traditional therapy.
Individuals faced with suicidal thoughts often feel alienated, as while they may know they are not a danger to themselves, the topic alone often upsets those not in the same mental space. Finding a friend who is understanding and open enough to hold space for another’s sadness can prove difficult as so many people lack mental health literacy.
As the author states, asking someone directly about suicidal thoughts will not trigger the individual into attempting the act. Moreso, folks need a combination of honesty, empathy, and compassion. While traditional therapy can provide these things, many are unable to receive services due to financial restraints. As a friend of someone experiencing these thoughts, one can practice active listening and inquire about the needs of the person reaching out.
While suicidal ideation should always be taken seriously, it is important that we continue to provide affordable and accessible therapy alternatives such as Supportiv to assist all types of people.
Additionally, if you are thinking about suicide, you can talk to someone at the National Suicide Hotline here: 1-800-784-2433.
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