Book reviews, Mental health, Suicide

Book Review: The Balance Between Life and Death

The Balance Between Life and Death is a novella by Elizabeth Holland, who you may know from her blog Anxiety and Liz. The intro says "This novella focuses on the importance of putting your mental health first. A reminder that you never know what someone is hiding beneath their smile." The protagonist is a young… Continue reading Book Review: The Balance Between Life and Death

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Mental health, Social media, Suicide

How Should Social Media Handle Reported Suicidal Posts?

Let's say you're scrolling through your Twitter feed.  You see a tweet that makes it seem like that person intends to imminently act on suicidal thoughts.  What do you do? Unfortunately, there isn't really a good answer. I've been on the reporting side on one occasion.  Someone had posted on their blog, which was shared… Continue reading How Should Social Media Handle Reported Suicidal Posts?

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It’s World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day (the 27th annual), and this year's focus is on mental health promotion and suicide prevention. 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 theme of World Mental Health Day in 2019 is… Continue reading It’s World Mental Health Day

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Working On Us – Week 16 – Passive Suicidal Ideation

It's now week 16 of the Working On Us series over at Beckie's Mental Mess.  Please visit Beckie's post to see the guidelines for participation. This week's topic is passive suicidal ideation.  For anyone, the difference between passive and suicidal ideation is essentially I wish I was dead (passive) vs. I want to kill myself… Continue reading Working On Us – Week 16 – Passive Suicidal Ideation

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Mental health, Suicide

Stigma and How the Public Views Suicide

Wikimedia Commons This post about public views open suicide was inspired by a conversation I've been having with Dear Walden about suicide, and 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… Continue reading Stigma and How the Public Views Suicide

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World Suicide Prevention Day – 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… Continue reading World Suicide Prevention Day – Suicide Is Not Selfish

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Cognitive Deconstruction and the Lead Up to Suicide

I first learned about the concept of cognitive deconstruction a while back 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. The American Psychological Association defines cognitive deconstruction as: "a mental state characterized by… Continue reading Cognitive Deconstruction and the Lead Up to Suicide

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Working On Us – Week #7 – Suicidal Ideation

It's week #7 for the Working On Us mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess.  Visit her post to see the guidelines to participate.  Content warning: This week's topic is suicidal ideation. Prompt #1 Questions Have you ever experienced suicidal thoughts? Have you ever attempted suicide? Were you ever hospitalized for a suicidal… Continue reading Working On Us – Week #7 – Suicidal Ideation

Mental health, Suicide

No Regrets? Surviving Attempted Suicide

AFSP 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