Compassion is a positive response to pain. Compassion is an intentional action compelled by need.
Basically, compassion can be explained as a basic belief which gives all people the right to have a
chance to live. If we think this way, it follows that we would want to respond in a positive, concerned
manner toward an individual who needs our help. Personal integrity and integrity of the unit is
reinforced by responding to people in need. Suicidal acts that relate to needs include:
Any significant loss.
Loss of an important person as a result of divorce or infidelity.
Loss of face, position, or rank.
Non-selection for promotion.
Loneliness, separation, isolation, environment.
Anxiety about the future.
Frustration at not being able to resolve a problem.
When we acknowledge another person's worth as an individual we are giving affirmation of people.
More explicitly, going out of your way to help someone else, even if it means giving constructural
criticism, shows affirmation. Such an action serves as recognition of a person's worth and provides a
sense of strength to a suicidal individual.
Affirmation of People.
It is essential that the chaplain assistant make very effort to create an atmosphere that encourages hope
and reality. A sincere remark that says something good about the person who perceives life as hopeless
gives the courage that is needed to go on.
Affirmation of Places.
Living and work spaces are important to people. In fact, a specific area of study, known as
environmental psychology, emphasizes the psychological impact of a person's surroundings on their
overall well being.
The chaplain assistant role relative to affirmation of places is to project a positive outlook which
encourages a hurting person to view life in a positive way in order to focus on survival rather than self