We’d like to show you an example of a small part of an emotive story focusing on how emotions can be used to provide a powerful resolution to a story. Healing stories, like most stories, have three elements of plot: Conflict which identifies the problem to be solved; Climax, the point of highest tension, and Resolution, the end of the story. In this clip you see the sad resolution of a story about suicide. This is indeed the end of the story.
All suicide training courses talk about how important it is to identify warning signs and to risk asking about suicidal intentions, even if you might be wrong. This information is usually presented in a straight forward fashion using explanation as to the importance of taking these steps. Often there is a suggestion that it’s better to be safe than sorry. Remember, this is just the third part of our story–the resolution. The full story would include the conflict, building to a climax.
It’s not hard to figure out what the climax to this story was, is it? Would this video motivate you to take the risk of talking to someone you love who you think might be considering suicide?