Working with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI NH) organization was a wonderful experience for me. I attended and helped them run the Suicide Prevention Training for Nurses. Throughout this experience I met a bunch of very nice and caring nurses who had a passion for mental health and suicide prevention. From the training seminar, I took away a lot of valuable knowledge about the topic of suicide.
One of the most important things that I learned was that it is not okay to say things like, “that person is suicidal,” that insinuates that the only thing that defines them is suicide. Instead you should say that person made an attempt to take their life. Another example would be, “she has 3 failed suicide attempts.” You should not use the world failed, because it is not a failure that she is still alive today, it is a success. It is extremely crucial to use the correct and appropriate terminology when talking about the topic of suicide.
We also watched a video about a man named Kevin Heines, who attempted to take his life by suicide when he jumped off the golden gate bridge. This video is absolutely inspiring and struck a chord deep inside of me. For my applied project presentation I will be showing this video, and allowing people to ask me any questions they may have relating to suicide and/or mental health illnesses.