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When Suicide Hits a Religious Community

As a mental health professional I talk about suicide with clients and or colleagues on a daily basis, it is both familiar and foreign in many ways. As a professional psychologist in training we have been taught to think about client suicide as "when" and not "if" this is a tragedy that will come into my professional life at some point. We work hard to learn to assess and intervene before ideation turns into planning, we also work hard to treat those who have made failed attempts, and we breathe sighs of relief when are clients are able to keep their feet on this earth.
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