• Caitrin Thornhill (CAS’13, SSW’17)

    Caitrin Thornhill (CAS’13, SSW’17) is a Training Associate at BU’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, she can be reached at cthorn@bu.edu. Profile

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There are 5 comments on Finding Resources and Hope during Suicide Awareness Month

  1. Hi Caitrin, great job on your post. I worked with Dori back in 2012-2014 on suicide prevention. CPR is a special place. Is it possible to provide a link with a list of all of the resources in your post? I imagine if I was in distress the post has a lot of information to sort thru and a list may be helpful. Just a thought. Keep doing the work you do! The part about sitting with the pain is so important!

    1. Thank you so much, Anne! I’m glad you asked about a list of resources. I’ve created a Google Doc that includes the links from this post, but is certainly not a comprehensive list. Please feel free to add recommendations or pass this on to colleagues as well. Anyone with the link should have access to view and edit. So glad to have you as an ally in this work! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BeWoSOnlcvoOL0zp8ZEYWa1lOCxySEkLj05ZK9tQ6hI/edit?usp=sharing

  2. Caitrin, Great article. Have you thought about sending it to the VA? The troops need so much help from people like you. Your words are extremely critical and necessary for those who don’t realize what others suffer daily in their fight just to survive. Keep up your wonderful work and know YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE. You and Meghan should get together and write a book or open a facility. Your Hearts are in the right place.

    1. Mr. Harting, thank you for always being such a source of encouragement. It means a lot that you took the time to write these kind words. I really appreciate your suggestion to send these resources to the VA – destigmatizing mental health/asking for help, especially for our veterans and active military members, is so important to me. Hope you are well!

  3. Excellent resources and shared all the time at our veterans charity Homefront Hugs Foundation and excellent points. Asking someone if they are thinking of hurting themselves will NOT trigger any negative action. One can also call 1-800-273-8255 anytime day or night. But now let’s keep it real BU. We sent an email to all of Admin practically asking them to address the fact that most suicides and suicide attempts by young adults are because of isolation and a lack of a sense of belonging which many IN PERSON students are feeling these days. We felt dismissed and placated despite the fact that this is real and we were writing as a group of parents who had read testimonies for the past 6 weeks in our BU Parents United group – a new group that is NOT monitored by BU staff and drama free. It’s time to hear and really listen to terriers before a tragedy happens if they won’t hear us.

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