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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

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Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Quiet Person Loud Thoughts

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 from Quiet Person,… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Quiet Person Loud Thoughts

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Book Reviews

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

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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… Continue reading Cognitive Deconstruction and the Lead-Up to Suicide

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Suicide

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: talk of suicide attempts   Prompt #1 Questions Have you ever experienced suicidal thoughts?Have you ever attempted suicide?Were you ever hospitalized for a suicidal attempt and/or… Continue reading Working On Us – Week #7 – Suicidal Ideation

AFSP statistic: for ever suicide there are 25 suicide attempts
Suicide

No Regrets? Surviving Attempted Suicide

AFSP 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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Mental Health

Working On Us – Mental Illness Diagnosis

Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay  Beckie from Beckie's Mental Mess is starting a new weekly mental health prompt called Working On Us.  You can visit Beckie's post to get all of the details plus the picture prompt for this week. I'm going to do the written prompt: When you first found out that you had a mental… Continue reading Working On Us – Mental Illness Diagnosis

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Suicide

Up Close & Personal Thoughts About Suicide

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Content warning: This post openly discusses suicide and suicide attempts You can find info here on where to reach out for help if you're in crisis. It's suicide prevention week, so it seems like an appropriate time to talk about suicide in all its ugliness.  I have attempted suicide multiple… Continue reading Up Close & Personal Thoughts About Suicide

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Mental Health

My Mental Illness is a Member of the Family

designerpoint on Pixabay It's easy for me to focus on how my mental illness has affected me, but it has also profoundly affected my family, and that's something that perhaps I should give a bit more thought to. When I first became ill in 2007, I didn't say anything to my parents or brother, although… Continue reading My Mental Illness is a Member of the Family

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Mental Health, Suicide

In Times of Life or Death: Facing Suicide

Ian Espinosa on Unsplash As some of you are likely already aware. one of our fellow members of the mental health blogging community attempted suicide earlier today, and posted a suicide note on her blog.  I choose not to link to her blog here because for those of you who aren't already familiar with her… Continue reading In Times of Life or Death: Facing Suicide