Talking About Suicide

Because it's not a taboo

Month: February 2012

Reading about the U.S. research agenda on suicide

I’m no expert in bureaucracy, but when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lays out its research priorities for the years ahead, I assume that action follows. It’s good to see that its top research priority on suicide is finding more information on both fatal and nonfatal suicidal behavior. “Because the number of […]

Attempters’ support groups: Where are they?

I continue to be surprised by the lack of support groups for suicide attempt survivors out there. In the United States, I know of just two. One is in the Los Angeles area, and one is in the Chicago area. The Suicide Anonymous website lists meetings in New Jersey and Tennessee. Does anyone know of […]

Reading about “Suicide Movies: Social Patterns 1900-2009”

One of these days, the Lincoln Center branch of the New York Public Library will cough up its copy of the new book “Suicide Movies; Social Patterns 1900-2009.” (The library website says it’s in there somewhere.) The book calls itself the first comprehensive analysis of film suicides, more than 1,500 of them from the U.S. […]

Some results of talking about suicide

Since this blog is about talking openly about suicide, I should offer this update. I applied to a few law schools last fall, and my personal essay mentioned my suicide attempt experience. It helped to explain why I would consider leaving a career I’ve loved _ including reporting in China, which the essay discussed as […]

Reading about Virginia Eddy and Li Mou

Here are two interesting stories about women who decided they had had enough of their lives. I point out this one from China as a reminder that the issue of suicide is debated fiercely pretty much everywhere, and increasingly online. The other story is one I came across in a new book by Jane Gross […]

What should we say?

Time to look ahead. A few of us will be speaking in April at the national conference of the American Association of Suicidology, and as far as I know, we will be the only voice of suicide attempt survivors. The others there will be researchers, clinicians, therapists, crisis line workers, other prevention workers and people […]

Talking with Heidi Bryan

When I saw that Heidi Bryan had managed to write a book with the words “suicide” and “irreverent” in the title, I wanted to know more. I first reached out to her a year ago when I was looking for support groups for suicide attempt survivors and found, to my surprise, that just a handful […]

Reading about Lazzaric Caldwell

This is an interesting story. A U.S. Marine who slit his wrists was convicted for “intentional self-injury” and sentenced to 180 days in jail and a bad conduct discharge. Pvt. Lazzaric Caldwell is fighting it, saying it’s wrong to punish service members with mental health problems for suicide attempts. “If you succeed in committing suicide […]