Working at the hospital, especially in ICU and trauma ICU, I come across suicidal/suicide attempt/suicide succeeded patients and family frequently. I've only been able to talk about my own loss with patients/family a couple times, literally twice. I wish I could build myself up more to make a difference in someone's life and try to show them the light at the end of the tunnel or offer support in someway. This morning is one of those mornings that I can't decide whether to step out of my comfort zone and offer atleast some resources to a family that has not quite lost, but has lost their daughter to suicide. She is alive, but no brain activity. Can anyone help me with this dilemma? Does anyone else have times they argue with themselves about putting a hand out or not? Of course, being in healthcare, I have to worry about overstepping my boundaries and legalities, but I would like to start to try to be more open with my own loss to others and help. I feel I have to make some sort of reasoning behind my loss or form it into something slightly positive, like helping others.

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