Talking About Suicide

Because it's not a taboo

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 who have lost friends or family to suicide.

I wonder whether they, having listened to many suicidal people in the course of their work, will expect to hear anything new from us. Well, what can we tell them, even at the risk of startling or offending them? What do they need to know? What are the things we might feel uncomfortable discussing one-on-one in our personal dealings with therapists and others? What, if anything, do we need to point out to shake up what might be established thinking about people with suicidal experiences?

Speak up. Thoughts and suggestions welcome. And thanks.

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