**TRIGGER WARNING** This episode covers sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for all listeners. If this topic could be a trigger for you, listen to this episode with a friend, a sibling, a loved one or a parent so you can talk about any emotions that come up for you. The contents of this episode are not intended to replace therapy and should not be taken as such. If you need immediate help, please call the crisis hotline listed below in our resources.
In this week’s episode, I speak with Balpreet Sidhu, who lost her sister by suicide in 2020.
Balpreet shares the story of her sister, the impact this devastating loss had on her and her family, and what she’s doing to keep her memory alive.
Currently in the United States Air Force, stationed in Sacramento, California, Balpreet shares with us how she supports other people facing mental health struggles, and how she continues to support others in their grief.
Listen in as we talk about:
- How the loss of her sister impacted her own mental health challenges
- How she’s supporting others who are experiencing mental health struggles
- The impact the loss of her sister had on her family and parents
- The insensitive things people can say after a loss
- The most beneficial things people did to support her through this loss, and what you can do too
- Read about a mother’s journey after her son’s suicide: https://www.amazon.com/DIARY-BROKEN-MIND-Mothers-Haunting/dp/0998788163
- Read a touching novel about suicidality, grief, loss and healing: https://www.amazon.com/Brownstone-1-Julie-Brown/dp/109836547X/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=The+Brownstone&qid=1624729349&s=books&sr=1-5
- For other books on suicide, grief and loss, visit Susan’s website resource page: https://susanecasey.com/resources/
Youth Hotlines: Do you need help working something out? Do you want to talk to someone who understands, like another teen?
USA Youth Resources:
- Text “TEEN” to 839863. Peer counselors are available from 6:00pm to 9:00pm PST
- CALL (310) 855-HOPE / (310) 855-4673 or (800) TLC-TEEN / (800) 852-8336 toll-free in the United States and Canada. Open from 6pm to 10pm PST every night
- USA: 1-800-273-8255
- USA Crisis Text:741-741
- Canada: 1-833-456-4566
- United Kingdom: 116 123
- Australia: 13 11 14
- International suicide hotlines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines
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