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

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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… Continue reading Suicidal Posts on Social Media: What Should Platforms Do?

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Emerging Blogger Series: Dev’s Thoughts

This post is by Dev of Dev's Thoughts. Pixabay The monster in me: How I found out I had 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… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Dev’s Thoughts

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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… Continue reading Book Review: Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me

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

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Emerging Blogger Series: Juan (The Dark Tales Project)

This post is by Juan of The Dark Tales Project. My Darkest Tale 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 to oust them from the shadows of my mind.… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Juan (The Dark Tales Project)

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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. Bipolar.… Continue reading No Regrets? Surviving Attempted Suicide

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Emerging Blogger Series: Megan – Be Alright

This post is by Megan of Be Alright. Photo by Barry Weatherall on Unsplash Reflecting on Suicidal Thoughts 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 go to some… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Megan – Be Alright

What if a stranger tells you they're suicidal? The challenges of advocacy & social media
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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.… Continue reading What if a Stranger Tells You They’re Suicidal?

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Book Review: Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves

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… Continue reading Book Review: Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves