What Working at a Suicide Hotline Taught Me

What Working at a Suicide Hotline Taught Me

“How are we so optimistic, so careful not to trip and yet do trip, and then get up and say OK?”Maira Kalman pondered in her visual philosophy. Such is the magnificent resilience of the human spirit. Our culture is haunted by the unholy ghost of suicide; those who succumb to it are mercilessly judged by the media and those who stay behind are at risk of contagion. How, then, do we help those on the brink of self-destruction “get up and say OK?” And what does that act of help reveal about our own trials and triumphs as we learn to be OK?  read more