ACT: Taking Hurt to Hope – Struggling with Suicidal thoughts
Suicide means the process of purposely ending one’s own life. Nearly one million people worldwide commit suicide each year, and somewhere between 10 -20 million attempt suicide. For teenagers and young adults suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death and rates are on the increase. As far as we know human beings are the only species on this earth that commits suicide. How can ACT help to prevent suicide? Join us today in talking with Dr Kevin Polk, who is the psychology chief in the Veterans Affaris Health Care system in the US. Kevin is best known for developing the Matrix diagram for learning and doing ACT training and therapy.You can read more about Kevin on his home page www.drkevinpolk.com.
In this program Kevin tells us about how the Matrix helps people to just notice a point of view and see if the point of view they are operating from is working for them. People usually notice that suicidal thoughts and gestures move them away from the persons they care about.
From this point of view this person is likely to see other options than suicide.