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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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How Should Social Media Handle Reported Suicidal Posts?

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 How Should Social Media Handle Reported Suicidal Posts?

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Guilt Is Not a Suicide Prevention Strategy

A blogger I knew died by suicide on yesterday.  She scheduled a blog post and a Twitter share of the post to go live after the fact.  One of the things mentioned in her post was that her plan was to be struck by a train. Today I was looking at the Twitter comments in… Continue reading Guilt Is Not a Suicide Prevention Strategy

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World Mental Health Day: Suicide Prevention

Today is World Mental Health Day (the 27th annual), and this year's focus is on mental health promotion and suicide prevention. The message from the president of the World Federation for Mental Health, which organizes World Mental Health Day, states: "The object of making suicide prevention the theme of World Mental Health Day in 2019 is… Continue reading World Mental Health Day: Suicide Prevention

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No, 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 No, 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 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: 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

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Will Suicide Ever Be 100% Preventable?

Have you seen some of the claims out there that suicide is 100% preventable?  There are a variety of organizations that promote a zero suicide goal.  One example is the Zero Suicide Alliance, which is based in the UK and offers free suicide prevention training.  There's a Suicide Is Preventable website, which belongs to Know The Signs,… Continue reading Will Suicide Ever Be 100% Preventable?

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Book Review: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive is by Matt Haig, a popular author with a whopping 243K followers on Twitter (including me).  I believe this was his first book that delved into his own mental health; he has since followed up with Notes on a Nervous Planet.  He explains that one of his aims with this book is… Continue reading Book Review: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

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