Suicide Awareness Month: Amanda Fugate Shares Her Story
September 23, 2021
Amanda Fugate, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Director of the Senior Life Solutions program at Swain Community Hospital has learned a lot when it comes to talking about vulnerable topics with your loved ones. She has spent the past decade as a mental health nurse and wishes to share a bit of what she has learned in that time. Today, she shares her story in hopes that others will feel inspired to share theirs with those they love.
When opening up a discussion with a loved one about suicide, there are a few steps you can take to navigate the conversation. The first step is to never assume that someone is ok or that someone would never seriously consider suicide. Instead, make sure to take that step in opening a conversation. Ask others how they are doing and if you can provide any help. Check on those around you-- not just family members or friends. You could be the reason they seek out medical attention or mental health resources. Finally, follow-through on helping the person get the help they need. Offer resources, offer to help them look for resources, and check in frequently if you can to see how they are progressing.
You can be the difference. Sometimes, all it takes is a conversation to get started.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255
Senior Life Solutions: 828.488.4044