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What Suicide Survivors Want You To Know

 

In Padnos’ case, even in hindsight, she says there weren’t glaring warning signs. “A week before he died, he had an appointment with his psychiatrist. He was able to say the right things, and the doctors didn’t pick up on anything either.” In severe cases when someone is really committed to suicide, they’re not going to let on, so there really may be nothing anyone can do. “Guilt is extremely common among survivors,” says Padnos. “Even with the realization that there was nothing they could have done. Time helps, as does realizing that there are a lot of things in the world that are not rational, nor within our control.”

 

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