It is so difficult, but life-saving, to make ourselves available, open and non-judgmental of people so that they are able to speak openly of their painful truths.
Erase all of our assumptions about people. Let them tell us about what none of us had suspected.
We do not need to correct, reassure or advise (unless asked), but do need to sit with the suffering. Our quite, steadfast presence, and acceptance, is the foundation of so much healing.
We speak about depression leading to suicidality. We should not discount (small or large) traumas and anxieties as powerful causes for suicidality (with our without depression).
Charles Tadros, M.D.
February 4, 2022
Saint Louis, Missouri