Welcome to week two of September’s sentence completion task for Thought Provoking Thursday.
It is great to see so many people continuing to complete last weeks sentence ‘Mental Health is…’ adding to this important process of learning from each other.
You all came up with such beautiful reflections I thought it would be a shame not to bring as many of them together as I could and create a short video.
You can click the share button to continue these important conversation with your online friends/communities and perhaps even your friends and family.
A VIDEO OF OUR ONLINE COMMUNITIES REFLECTIONS FROM LAST THURSDAY:
MENTAL HEALTH IS…
That brings us to this week’s sentence completion task. I imagine many of you will have saw that Monday was World Suicide Prevention Day.
Given that we have delved into mental health I thought this week would be a great opportunity to reflect on what the word SUICIDE means to us. As with the mental health exercise it will undoubtedly bring up different things for different people, and that is okay. As always just do what you need to do to take care of yourselves.
Today I would like us to finish this sentence:
Once again here are a few tips to help you along the way.
Tip 1: try not to over think it, write down what first comes to your mind.
Tip 2: you may find yourself writing one word, one sentence or a whole paragraph. Do whatever you feel comfortable with.
Tip 3: there are no right or wrong answers, just the thoughts and associations that come to you in the moment.
Tip 4: your response may be intellectually based or feelings based. It is about sharing something you feel comfortable with, that is respectful yet authentic to you.
I think we all can agree that suicide can be a very difficult topic to talk about. It understandably brings up a range of emotions for so many. Perhaps someone you love has attempted suicide or died from suicide. You may love someone who is struggling with mental health difficulties and suicidal thoughts. You yourself may have suicidal thoughts or even made plans or attempted to end your life.
Even if suicidal ideation (thoughts or plans of ending one’s life) or suicide itself, has thankfully not crossed your path, I imagine the idea of talking about it with someone who is struggling could be quite overwhelming. This is quite understandable.
One of the things I love about word association and sentence completion tasks is that they allow us to have conversations together in a way that may feel less daunting.
It still might feel a little bit scary to join in and you may be worried that you will say/type the wrong thing. However, my hope is that completing this week’s sentence completion task together around the topic of suicide will help us to start this important conversation in a containing way.
Make sure to check back in next week to see what the next sentence we will be completing together will be.
I will also compile (anonymously) again as many answers as I can so we can see each other’s reflections and continue this conversation with others if we wish.
Much peace, hope and kindness