Transcript for Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses her new book, 'Life after Suicide'
So as we've been saying, may is mental health awareness month and in today's "Weekend download," our chief health correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton is here to share her new story from her new book, which is called "Life after suicide: Finding courage, comfort & community after unthinkable loss" which she wrote after the death of her ex-husband, Dr. Robert Ashton. In it she's very brave and Ashton. She's candid and offers advice for people going through similar difficulties. Thank you for being here if thanks, Dan in great to see you and great book. In the start of your book, you say it's really important to talk about the life part rather than suicide. Right, because I'm not a mental health expert, and when suicide hit our family, Dan, like so many families, it completely blindsided us and it reminded me of something that my daughter Chloe said soon after rob's suicide which was she realized that she was at a fork in the road and she could either let this destroy her or help her become a better person because of it, and she chose the latter and sharing other stories in the book of other suicide survivors, I got a lot of inspiration and it's helped us enormously. You use this phrase that's really interesting. We've often heard people talk about posttraumatic stress disorder. You talk about posttraumatic growth. Growth, and it was a concept that I had never heard of before. One of the survivors in the book Kim Rocco whose husband was a marine and died of suicide taught me this concept. It's a concept in psychology whereby after a trauma, you can develop an enriched understanding and appreciation of life, of yourself, of others. It can deepen your relationship a lot of times it involves spiritual change but my children and I have really found that posttraumatic growth, and so I talk about that in the book because it's really, really important. Another thing you and I have discussed before is this concept of multiple truths. Can you say more about that? Yeah, it's something that we learned in therapy where after a trauma when someone's grieving a loss or mourning someone's death, they have these moments where they feel tremendous sadness at one point and then happiness for some other reason at another and I learned that those -- one does not exclude or any gate the other. You can experience both feelings at the same time and that's okay. Jen, you've done a brave thing here, and I think you will help a lot of people. Thank you. I hope so, Dan. I really hope so. My best to your family. We should say that the profits from this book are going to suicide prevention in rob's name and if you want more information or you need help, you can call 1-800-273-talk. 1-800-273-talk and we'll be
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