Listening: first step of suicide prevention – Empathy is key

 

Psychiatrist Park Jin-seng shared tips on coping with people in crisis, emphasizing that a good listener has the power to prevent suicide. “In some ways, listening is more important than talking,” says Park. When conversing with someone who is deeply depressed, it is important to listen calmly, carefully and with patience.”

 

Empathy is key

“Empathy is the single most important thing,” says Park. “Through understanding, we allow others to feel loved, less alone, and cared about. This lessens their burden.”