Suicidal Ideation

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Is Suicide a Choice? (Regardless, It’s Not Selfish)

This post isn’t about saying that suicide is something people should choose, or that it’s a good choice, or that it’s a choice that they want to have on the menu. I’m writing this because, while it’s much more complicated to get into the element of choice, I believe that it’s inaccurate to say that …

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Suicidal Posts on Social Media: What Should Platforms Do?

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 …

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The Monster In Me: How I Found Out I Had PMDD (Guest Post)

In this emerging blogger post, Dev of Dev’s Thoughts writes about experiencing premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). I think that I have always known that there was something wrong with me but I just couldn’t pinpoint what it was. There was always something distinct about me when I was on my period from when I wasn’t. …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me

Book Review: Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me

Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me by journalist Anna Mehler Paperny is both a story of her own experiences of suicidality and an in-depth journalistic exploration of depression and suicide. The author has done her research well.  The book contains information gleaned from interviews with quite a number of experts in fields relating …

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Cognitive deconstruction: a thought process that can occur in the lead-up to suicide

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 …

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The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home

My Darkest Tale (Guest Post)

In this emerging blogger post, Juan of The Dark Tales Project writes about his darkest tale, i.e. his worst bout of depression. This post is a struggle for me. But it is a struggle that is worth winning. That I need to win. Not facing it will only give my demons respite from my attempts …

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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. …

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Reflecting on Suicidal Thoughts (Guest Post)

In this emerging blogger post, Megan of Be Alright writes about experiencing suicidal ideation for the first time. 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 …

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

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. …

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MH@H book review: Suicidal by Jesse Bering

Book Review: Suicidal by Jesse Bering

Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves by psychologist Jesse Bering attempts to make sense of the complex phenomenon of suicide. It approaches the issue from a variety of different angles, including psychological, biological, spiritual, and evolutionary. The author admits that he takes an intellectualized, scientific perspective to try to gain a broader understanding. The book presents both …

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