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World Suicide Prevention Day: A Look at Suicide Attempt Survivors

IASP Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. It's also National Suicide Prevention Week and National Suicide Prevention Month (that's a lot of awareness!). I thought it would be a good time to talk about suicide attempt survivors. The term "suicide survivor" isn't generally used for people who've lived through suicide attempts. Rather, it's the term… Continue reading World Suicide Prevention Day: A Look at Suicide Attempt Survivors

Where is attempting stigma still illegal? – And yes, it is still illegal in some countries
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Where Is Attempting Suicide Illegal?

I recently wrote about whether the wording "committed suicide" was likely to be an effective target for anti-stigma messaging. A commenter mentioned that in their home country, suicide was a crime up until quite recently. That got me curious, so I did some digging to find out where attempting suicide is illegal to this day.… Continue reading Where Is Attempting Suicide Illegal?

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Is “Committed Suicide” Worth Making an Issue Out Of?

I saw a post recently by another blogger about stigmatizing language to avoid. One of the things he mentioned was "committed suicide," which is something that comes up regularly in discussions of language use related to suicide. Personally, it's not a term I find offensive, although I know some people do, and I choose not… Continue reading Is “Committed Suicide” Worth Making an Issue Out Of?

Book cover: The Balance Between Life and Death by Elizabeth Holland
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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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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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Guilt Is Not a Suicide Prevention Strategy

A blogger I knew died by suicide on yesterday.  She scheduled a blog post and a Twitter share of the post to go live after the fact.  One of the things mentioned in her post was that her plan was to be struck by a train. Today I was looking at the Twitter comments in… Continue reading Guilt Is Not a Suicide Prevention Strategy

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World Mental Health Day: Suicide Prevention

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 World Mental Health Day: Suicide Prevention

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Stigma and How the Public Views Suicide

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 Stigma and How the Public Views Suicide

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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… Continue reading No, 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 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