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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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MH@H Store Featured Product: Safety Plan

This week's featured product on the Mental Health @ Home Store is the FREE safety plan for suicide prevention.  It seems appropriate to feature it today, on World Suicide Prevention Day. The safety plan includes prompts to help you plan ahead to keep yourself safe by identifying resources, coping strategies, and reasons for living.   Don't forget to … Continue reading MH@H Store Featured Product: Safety Plan

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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

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How picky should we be about suicide-related language?

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?

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