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?
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
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
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
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 Stigma of … Continue reading Stigma and How the Public Views Suicide
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
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
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
First off, 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. I recently saw a post by Elizabeth of Life. Love. Bipolar. on the topic of suicide attempts and the way … Continue reading No Regrets? Surviving Attempted Suicide
The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience. It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Megan of … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Megan – Be Alright
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 would receive emails from readers expressing that they were suicidal at that time. I agreed with some but not all of what she said, so I thought … Continue reading What if a Stranger Tells You They’re Suicidal?
Language matters when it comes to talking about suicide, particularly when it's mentioned in the media. Sometimes, though, I wonder if getting too nitpicky about language is counterproductive. After all, as stigma researcher Patrick Corrigan says, stigma gets attached to labels but is not a product of those labels. On Twitter I recently came across … Continue reading How picky should we be about suicide-related language?
Is there a limit to what's ok to post on social media? I'm not thinking about trolling and other such nastiness, but rather about widely broadcasting messages about being suicidal. I'm not a huge social media user, but I do spend some time on Twitter. I follow around 2500 accounts, pretty much all of which … Continue reading What goes too far on social media?
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 in order to help get suicidal people connected to appropriate resources … Continue reading Will suicide ever be 100% preventable?
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, and he has since followed up with Notes on a Nervous Planet. He explains that one of his aims with this book … Continue reading Book review: Reasons to Stay Alive