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Is it a problem to talk about successful suicide or failed attempts?

Failed/Successful Suicide: Do Words Matter? What’s the Real Failure?

I’ve written before about the issues with language policing, but this is probably one of the more controversial areas where I believe that words matter less than people might think. We aren’t “supposed to” talk about successful suicide or failed suicide attempts. Sara of Surviving Sara brought this up recently, and I told her it’s …

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Mental illness and medical assistance in dying

Medical Assistance in Dying for Mental Illness

Should people with mental illness have access to medical assistance in dying? In Canada, that’s going to happen in the near future, but exactly what it will look like hasn’t been decided yet. This is something I support, but a lot of people don’t, so I thought I’d write about it. A bit of background …

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Stigma, word policing, and targeting the wrong audience: graphic of tree with dialogue bubbles

Stigma, Word Policing, and Targeting the Wrong Audience

Stigma is a social phenomenon that encompasses stereotypes, prejudiced attitudes based on those stereotypes, and discriminatory behaviours. There are a lot of anti-stigma advocates, both organizations and individuals, focusing on word usage and what to say or not say about mental illness. This is sometimes referred to as language policing or word policing. Sometimes, those …

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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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Mental Health @ Home book review: Hello Cruel World

Book Review: Hello, Cruel World

Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternative to Suicide for Teens, Freaks & Other Outlaws by Kate Bornstein was recommended to me by Skinny Hobbit. It’s written for nonconforming “freaks and outlaws,” whether that be in relation to gender, sexual orientation, or anything else that society likes to judge. It has fun illustrations, like a “get out …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: The Suicidal Thoughts Workbook

Book Review: The Suicidal Thoughts Workbook

The Suicidal Thoughts Workbook by Kathryn Hope Gordon aims to support people experiencing thoughts of suicide to help manage their emotional pain, drawing on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) strategies. The book begins by guiding the reader through worksheets to reflect on reactions to the suicidal thoughts and identify risk factors and elements in the environment …

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Infographic from The519 on LGBTQS youth suicide

Elevated Suicide Risk Among LGBTQ+ Youth – A Pride Month Post

For Pride Month, I wanted to talk about an important mental health issue facing LGBTQ+ youth. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among North American youth, and the level of risk is even higher in LGBTQ+ youth. That’s not good. Stats Here are a few stats for LGBT youth: LGB youth attempt suicide 5x …

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A Collection of Quotes and Thoughts on Mental Illness

I’ll start with a bit of a disclaimer and say that I didn’t do any searching to verify these quotes, and internet quotes are notoriously unreliable, so these people may or may not have said the things that I’m telling you they said. Regardless of who said what, I think these words are relevant to …

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