EP 42: Christy and Ciara – Communication Elephant

by | May 24, 2023 | PODCAST

In this Beyond the 1st Response episode, Christy and Ciara discuss communication after suicide and the elephant it causes in relationships.

Welcome Aboard

Ciara Madrid, one of our many volunteers, has now taken the role of co-host on Beyond the 1st Response. I am excited to have her knowledge and determination, to break the stigma of mental wellness in first responders and their families.

The Misunderstanding of tip-toeing around Suicide

It will also feel uncomfortable to talk about someone dying by suicide because truth be known, we don’t have the words to say after someone loses a loved one by suicide. Statistics are 1 in 4 young people considered suicide. That means that our first responder children that have a parent die by suicide, are in fact 3 times more likely to take their lives.


Starting a relationship is challenging, to begin with, add losing a partner to suicide. Communication tends to be difficult The trauma that someone deals with is like no other. Learning a new set of communication skills can remove the elephant in the room while helping heal and grow.

“It is much easier to talk about suicide than it is to bury someone you love to suicide.” Ciara Madrid

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