book cover: Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me by Anna Mehler Paperny
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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blogging community, Mental health, 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: 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

Mental health, 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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blogging community, Mental health

Working On Us – Mental Illness Diagnosis

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 illness/disorder, what was… Continue reading Working On Us – Mental Illness Diagnosis

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Mental health, Suicide

Some thoughts on suicide

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 times; most were associated with… Continue reading Some thoughts on suicide

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Mental health

My mental illness is a member of the family

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 my mom thought… Continue reading My mental illness is a member of the family

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Mental health, Suicide

In times of life or death

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