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How picky should we be about suicide-related language?

Language matters when it comes to talking about suicide, particularly when in it's mentioned in the media.  Sometimes, though, I wonder if getting too nitpicky about language is counterproductive.  After all, as stigma researcher Patrick Corrigan says, stigma gets attached to labels but is not a product of those labels. On Twitter I recently came … Continue reading How picky should we be about suicide-related language?

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Dead if you do, dead if you don’t? Weighing the risks & benefits of medications

I recently watched the documentary Letters From Generation Rx on Amazon Prime, which looked at instances of people experiencing significant side effects while on psychiatric medication, including people who took the lives of either themselves or others while on psychiatric meds. One man featured in the film was a Canadian Member of Parliament whose teenage … Continue reading Dead if you do, dead if you don’t? Weighing the risks & benefits of medications

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Why can’t you search Pinterest for “depression”?

I discovered this quite a while back, but it just popped into my mind again recently.  Pinterest won't let you search for the word "depression".  If you try, it gives no results, just this message: "If you're in emotional distress or thinking about suicide, help is available."  If you search for "depressed" or "major depression", though, … Continue reading Why can’t you search Pinterest for “depression”?

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Book review: Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves

Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves by psychologist Jesse Bering is an attempt to make sense of the complex phenomenon of suicide 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, and he does a good job … Continue reading Book review: Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves

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The way the media talks about suicide matters

The way the media reports on suicides can affect the likelihood of the suicide contagion (or "copycat") phenomenon.  There are a number of organizations that have put together media guidelines for reporting on suicides, and this is a summary of some of their recommendations. Do's: include local crisis line information and other community resources include … Continue reading The way the media talks about suicide matters