Suicide stigma; what the research shows about public attitudes
Stop the Stigma, Suicide Talk

Suicide Stigma: The Most Common Stigmatized Beliefs

This post about public views open suicide was inspired by a conversation I've been having with Dear Walden about suicide. It's also a follow-up to my recent post about suicide not being selfish. In 2013, a group of Australian researchers developed and validated a scale to evaluate public views on suicide, which they named the Stigma… Continue reading Suicide Stigma: The Most Common Stigmatized Beliefs

Suicide is not selfish - graphic of a phoenix
Suicide Talk

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… Continue reading No, Suicide Is Not Selfish

Cognitive deconstruction: a thought process that can occur in the lead-up to suicide
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Cognitive Deconstruction and the Lead-Up to Suicide

I first learned about the concept of cognitive deconstruction when I reviewed Jesse Bering's book Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves. He wrote about it as a process of narrowed thinking that can occur leading up to a suicide attempt. What cognitive deconstruction is The American Psychological Association defines cognitive deconstruction as: ... a mental state… Continue reading Cognitive Deconstruction and the Lead-Up to Suicide

No regrets? Surviving attempted suicide - image of phoenix
Suicide Talk

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. Bipolar.… Continue reading No Regrets? Surviving Attempted Suicide

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
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Emerging Blogger Series: Megan – Be Alright

This post is by Megan of Be Alright. Photo by Barry Weatherall on Unsplash Reflecting on Suicidal Thoughts 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 go to some… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Megan – Be Alright

What if a stranger tells you they're suicidal? The challenges of advocacy & social media
Suicide Talk

What if a Stranger 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.… Continue reading What if a Stranger Tells You They’re Suicidal?

the word police: how picky should we be about suicide-related language?
Stop the Stigma, Suicide Talk

How Picky Should We Be About Suicide-Related Language?

Language matters when it comes to talking about suicide, particularly in terms of use in the media. Sometimes, though, I wonder if getting too nitpicky about suicide-related language is counterproductive. After all, as stigma researcher Patrick Corrigan says, stigma gets attached to labels; it's not a product of those labels. "Completed suicide" I recently saw… Continue reading How Picky Should We Be About Suicide-Related Language?

Will suicide ever be 100% preventable? Images of suicide prevention ribbon
Suicide Talk

Can Suicide Ever Be 100% Preventable?

Have you seen some of the claims out there that suicide is 100% preventable? There are a variety of organizations that promote a zero suicide goal. One example is the Zero Suicide Alliance, which is based in the UK and offers free suicide prevention training. There's a Suicide Is Preventable website, which belongs to Know… Continue reading Can Suicide Ever Be 100% Preventable?

Book cover: Reasons to stay alive by Matt Haig
MH@H Book Reviews, Suicide Talk

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. He explains that one of his aims with this book is… Continue reading Book Review: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

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

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:… Continue reading Privacy and Completed Suicide – Does It Matter?