Suicide

MH@H book review: The Silent Scream by Maria Alfieri

Book Review: The Silent Scream

The Silent Scream: An Anthology of Despair, Struggle, and Hope is put together by Maria Alfieri. There are 10 other contributors to the book using their full names, including myself, and other writing anonymously. In the introduction, Maria writes: “It is through our vulnerability that our liberation from our inauthenticity starts. Through honest conversation we …

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Where Is Attempting Suicide Illegal?

I recently wrote about whether the wording “committed suicide” was likely to be an effective target for anti-stigma messaging. A commenter mentioned that in their home country, suicide was a crime up until quite recently. That got me curious, so I did some digging to find out where attempting suicide is illegal to this day. …

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“Committed Suicide”: Word Policing of Suicide-Related Language

I saw a post recently by another blogger about stigmatizing language that people should avoid. One of the things he mentioned was “committed suicide,” which is something that comes up regularly in discussions of language use related to suicide. I’m not convinced that it needs to be as big an issue as people make it …

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Book Review: Shame Ate My Soul

Shame Ate My Soul is Susan Walz’s personal story of rising above stigma, suicide attempts, addiction, and misdiagnosis, and eventually finding recovery. I’ve known Sue since the beginning of my blogging journey. The book opens with a heartbreaking conversation with 2 of her 3 children, as they tried to persuade her to accept help in …

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Some stats on mental illness disability and stigma

Some Concerning Statistics on Mental Illness Disability & Stigma

While I know that people tend to be somewhat skeptical of statistics, I thought it would still be interesting to explore some of the stats that are out there related to mental illness. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) These figures come from CAMH in Toronto, Canada, on their Facts and statistics page. Mental …

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Book Review: The Balance Between Life and Death

The Balance Between Life and Death is a novella by Elizabeth Holland, who you may know from her blog Anxiety and Liz. The intro says “This novella focuses on the importance of putting your mental health first. A reminder that you never know what someone is hiding beneath their smile.” The protagonist is a young …

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Suicidal Posts on Social Media: What Should Platforms Do?

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 …

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