Dr. Wesley D. Willis, Psy.D., MSW, LCSW-R, BSN, RN-BC, CCM
Concept of suicide prevention psychology therapy
Depression & Suicide
Depression is a state of mind in which we feel an overwhelming and inescapable melancholia. Suicide is one of the most common outcomes that a person inflicts on him/herself when depression reaches a clinical level. Many of us either feel inept in intervening or that we don’t play a role in intervening in suicidal or depressed thinking. Nurses often have similar feelings, when in fact their assistance, guidance and skills could be one of the more positive revelations that a person needs to overcome these feelings.
Portrait of a female nurse using a tablet
This article was originally published in ANA New York Nurse, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Nov. 2016)
There are many challenges in our healthcare system, some of which are getting progressively worse…some because the nation doesn’t shift its focus fast enough to counterbalance those rising problems. In a hierarchal system that is dependent on the decisions made from top board members and institutions, with little attention to the personnel that take those decisions off paper and apply them to real life situations. Nurses are among those whose efforts and contributions to our healthcare system are usually overlooked…and at times undermined, despite the continuous contributions they make and have made to our society and history. When times change, professions must evolve to change along with them, but as it stands now, by the first quarter of the 21st century, our nation will be 500,000 nurses short of providing patients with the attention and care they need to recover1. There are many ways to increase awareness of this rising issue, but one of the best approaches for this to happen is for the public to understand just what the nursing field is and what are the expectations and challenges involved. Since technology is already a major part of our daily lives and structures – so much so that our attention is continuously directed to how it can hasten or improve daily tasks or provide us with the information we need to solve a problem. Nurses can use social media to share their knowledge, methods and ideas about what this community of healers actually do.