In 2012, our son, Joshua, died by suicide (see joshuascottdavis.org), and we know that so many people around the world have had family or friends who have ended their lives. To provide help and open discussion, I decided to create this listening activity. So, to begin with, what are some of the reasons why people consider taking their own lives? What are some warning signs of suicide, and what are three things friends and family can do to help someone who might are thinking about suicide?
HELPFUL TIP: When most people have problems, they don't want you to fix them; rather, people just want to you listen to them without judgement.
Have you ever experienced any of the pain and struggles Daniel is going through in the conversation? How did you feel and how did these experiences impact your life? What things have you found helpful in your own life to get yourself through a sad or depressive state?
After you look over Josh's Web site ( joshuascottdavis.org), think of a comment or question you want to ask Randall about his son, Josh. Comments can be about depression, suicide, mental health issues, or ways in which Josh's life and death have impacted the family. Then, post your questions or comments on Randall's blog HERE: