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Suicide Prevention Is a Million Caring Acts Far Before Crisis Intervention

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Suicide prevention. Those two words can provoke an instant catch in your throat and the sudden urge to change the subject. It’s just too big a topic.

Too scary. Too high stakes. And that’s partly because we think of it as stepping into a dangerous situation at the last possible moment to stop a fatal act. But suicide prevention is a million caring acts way before a person is in physical danger.

It’s following up, “How are you?” with eye contact and a second question. Asking, “Really?” when they answer “fine,” even though they don’t seem fine.

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