Hardly a day goes by where we don’t hear about another tragedy in the news involving the death of someone gone too soon.  Whether it be from suicide, accidental or intentional gun deaths, or drug overdoses, these losses are all tragic. They can feel unexpected and out of the blue. For those left behind after a loved one dies in this manner, feelings of helplessness, shock, and self-doubt about what they could have done to prevent this can surface quickly. It is so easy to feel like there is nothing we can do to prevent these types of tragedies.   Though ultimately, we can never ensure we will 100% be able to prevent someone from taking their own life or another person’s life, there are some reasonable steps we can take to greatly reduce this risk. By implementing these safety precautions proactively, we can significantly reduce the potential risk of death with our loved ones. Not only that, but with these concrete, actionable steps, you can feel empowered and confident that you are doing all that you can to keep your loved ones safe. If you know, or suspect, that a loved one is struggling with mental health concerns, follow these straightforward steps to increase their safety.  ...