Talking About Suicide

Because it's not a taboo

Month: March 2012

Suicide as protest

This blog hasn’t explored the issue of suicide as protest, but I’d like to point out this story about Tibetans burning themselves to death, as a reminder that people shouldn’t too dismissively throw around terms like “just a cry for help,” “making a gesture” or even “throwing a tantrum.” As rare as it may seem, […]

A new group for attempt survivors

“It saddens me that there are only two other groups in the country,” says Robin Tankersley, who has written in to share information about a new support group for attempt survivors. The group doesn’t yet have a website, but she’s happy to share the following information: The Hope Group Meets the third Tuesday each month […]

Reading about suicide in solitary confinement

Can circumstances drive someone to suicide? One issue that deserves far more exposure is that of suicide and solitary confinement in prisons. The New York Times has a new story about a number of states moving to cut the number of prisoners in solitary, not only because the practice is more expensive but because of […]