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Preventing suicide: Awareness and crisis lines aren't enough

Suicide Awareness Isn’t Enough for Prevention

Today is World Mental Health Day (the 27th annual), and this year’s focus is on mental health promotion and suicide prevention. Suicide awareness is a big part of this. The message from the president of the World Federation for Mental Health, which organizes World Mental Health Day, states: “The object of making suicide prevention the …

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Suicide stigma; what the research shows about public attitudes

Suicide Stigma: What the Research Says

This post about public views on suicide was inspired by a conversation I’ve been having with Dear Walden about research on suicide. In 2013, a group of Australian researchers developed and validated a scale to evaluate public views on suicide, which they named the Stigma of Suicide Scale. For each item on the scale, participants would …

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Suicide is not selfish - graphic of a phoenix

No, Suicide Is Not Selfish

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. There are many ways to approach the concept of suicide prevention. One of those ways is to decrease the stigma related to suicidality, because stigma tends to promote silence, and silence is definitely not a good thing when it comes to suicidality. One stigmatized belief that I see frequently expressed …

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Cognitive deconstruction: a thought process that can occur in the lead-up to suicide

Suicidality and Cognitive Deconstruction

In Jesse Bering’s book Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves, he explores the mental processes going on in the minds of people who are suicidal. One of these processes is cognitive deconstruction, which I hadn’t heard of before. It sounded very familiar, however, in the sense that it’s something that I have experienced when I’ve attempted …

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No regrets? Surviving attempted suicide - image of phoenix

No Regrets? Surviving Attempted Suicide

First off, before we talk about surviving attempted suicide, we’ll establish a couple of things: If you’re having thoughts of suicide and need to reach out, there’s a list of crisis resources here. No need to worry about me; I’m not currently suicidal. Regretting attempts I recently saw a post by Elizabeth of Life. Love. …

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The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home

Reflecting on Suicidal Thoughts (Guest Post)

In this emerging blogger post, Megan of Be Alright writes about experiencing suicidal ideation for the first time. On September 21, 2016 I experienced intense suicidal thoughts for the first time. I’ll never forget that moment for as long as I live. At the time I was working for a local newspaper, I had to …

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What if a Stranger Online Tells You They’re Suicidal?

I was reading an article on Medium recently entitled Please Don’t Email Me About Suicide. The author was saying that when she has written before about suicide, she got emails from readers who were suicidal. I agreed with some, but not all, of what she said, so I thought I would unpack it a bit. …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Reasons to Stay Alive

Book Review: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive is by Matt Haig, a popular author with a whopping 243K followers on Twitter (including me). I believe this was his first book that delved into his own mental health; he has since followed up with Notes on a Nervous Planet (affiliate link). He explains that one of his aims with this …

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Up close and personal: Thoughts about suicide - graphic of a phoenix

Privacy and Completed Suicide – Does It Matter?

Content warning: As the title says, I will be talking about privacy and completed suicide, and whether it’s appropriate to publicly release someone’s personal diary or other writings after their death. Please consider skipping this post if it could be triggering for you. The book Suicidal I recently read and reviewed Jesse Bering’s book Suicidal: …

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