Talking About Suicide

Because it's not a taboo

Some public speaking

Some news: A panel that a few of us proposed has been accepted for this year’s national conference of the American Association of Suicidology in April. The topic: “Suicide attempt survivors: Relax. Talk to us. Ask those shy questions now.”

It’s a step, especially considering that the conference of researchers, therapists, crisis workers, people who have lost family to suicide and others took decades before holding its first plenary session on attempt survivors last year. There seems to be talk about the idea of having a kind of attempt survivors “track” at future conferences, if that’s the right way to put it. I’m not too familiar with conferences _ nor with their entry fees.

For more about the conference, see Suicidology.org. About a half-dozen “out” attempt survivors attended last year, though who knows how many more were there. I posted a request to meet others on the conference message board and had one reply. It was a good one, though.

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