Through the years I have attended numerous Suicide Prevention training programs. They always raise a great deal of concern and many questions for me. My colleagues and I often discuss this, but rarely do so in public. Perhaps the conversation should be brought to the fore.
The after school program called to say they had a medical emergency with a child and could not locate the mother. They were asking if we could help them find the mother and have her call them. Then the drama started...
Riding public transportation to work can provide one with interesting observations of human behavior. In watching people riding the city bus, I immediately become aware of a culture of helping behavior that I don't see in other places. I experience a sense of camaraderie and community and feel more joined with humankind on the bus. This is great contrast to the battle against my fellow citizens I engage in when I try to fight my way through traffic to drive to work.
This article is a response to a question posted on Intent.com, "How do We Help the Helpless?" Since I work with homeless families in a homeless shelter everyday, this question raised strong emotions for me. The word "helpless" hit me right between the eyes. Why?