We have experienced the suicide of 5 family members, including my ex-husband when my children were 8 and 11. I am constantly frustrated by discussions focused on the depressives and what we must do to help them. There is rarely a discussion of the effect of depression on the family, the ongoing effects of suicide, and how a family manages to survive and THRIVE post-suicide. I long for an honest discussion about dealing with a depressed spouse/parent and the constant threat and fear of suicide. Also a h honest discussion of how to handle a suicide and the nature of surviving.
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