‘Red Table Talk’: Survivors Of Suicide Speak Out

Written by on December 22, 2020

Written by Alexis Reese

From the coronavirus pandemic to the spiraling economic system, managing one’s mental health has been on the forefront of conversations, particularly throughout a 12 months that has been crammed with so many triggering incidents. In line with the National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System Mortality, suicide charges amongst these aged 10-24 elevated 60% between 2007 and 2018. A recent study from the Pediatrics Workplace Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics revealed that Black teen women are 70 % extra prone to try suicide then white women the identical age. And solely 4% of American psychologists are Black, in accordance with the American Psychological Association

The vacations will be particularly tough for thus many individuals. As a substitute of dedicating their final two reveals to Christmas cookies and New 12 months’s cocktails, Jada Pinkett Smith, her mom, Adrienne Banfield-Norris and daughter Willow Smith are offering a platform for individuals who survived their tried suicides to speak about their powerfully emotional and galvanizing tales of survival. Half one of many two-part episode airs on Pink Desk Talkon Tuesday, December 22 at 9am PT / 12pm ET on Fb Watch.

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“This 12 months is a troublesome one and we needed to achieve out to the thousands and thousands of individuals which are battling with emotional and psychological points. Due to this pandemic inside our speedy circle we’ve seen an increase of hysteria, loneliness,” Pinkett Smith mentioned opening up the dialogue. “Loads of melancholy, lots of people not realizing learn how to handle. Isolation, a lot has simply been coming to the floor.” 

4 company are invited to the purple desk just about to talk candidly about their previous experiences together with Hannah, a younger Black gymnast, who tried to take her personal life whereas in highschool. Affected by POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), a persistent sickness that impacts the nervous system inflicting folks to really feel dizzy and cross out, Hannah says that she was bullied, harassed and sexually threatened consequently from her illness. It got here to a degree the place she not needed to really feel like a burden or supply of stress to her household. 

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Throughout the phase, Hannah’s mom Robin remembers the evening when she discovered Hannah attempting to swallow a handful of capsules. Robin defined what occurred subsequent together with their quest to discover a therapist with the cultural competency to deal with each herself and her daughter. She additionally revealed a number of the warning indicators she missed that would have helped her daughter via this disaster. Robin implores different dad and mom to acknowledge the purple flags that their little one is likely to be exhibiting whether or not that’s melancholy or one other psychological well being disaster together with feeling disconnected from the household, not smiling and showing to be numb on the skin.  

“The principle factor I’d inform different dad and mom is it’s going to sting. However egos apart guys it’s not about us. Your child could also be combating a psychological sickness due to you or not due to you,” Robin says. “It doesn’t matter. Get them the assistance first. After which determine every part else out afterwards.”

Different company on the present embody a former varsity cheerleader, a professional athlete, and Officer Kevin Briggs, dubbed the Golden Gate Bridge Guardian, who has talked down a number of folks from ended their life on the most well-liked place in America to finish it. Half two of the episode will air a Tuesday, December 29 at 9am PT / 12pm ET on Fb 

Watch the BET.com unique clip from Hannah’s story under:

Should you or somebody you recognize is suicidal, name The Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-855 or textual content “Nami” to 741-741.

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