Talking About Suicide

Because it's not a taboo

Month: April 2012

The time bomb

If the survivor of a suicide attempt does speak out about the experience, how do they avoid others seeing them as some kind of time bomb? I put the question to David Webb, an attempt survivor from Australia who is now a suicidologist and the most outspoken, thoughtful person out there on the topic of […]

New: The Waking Up Alive house

The resources for people in a suicidal crisis are often pretty bleak beyond a crisis line call. I was happy to hear about a new project called Waking Up Alive, which appears to be the first of its kind in the United States and one of a handful in the world. Sabrina Strong, a suicide […]

‘Only cannibalism and incest …’

“Only cannibalism and incest have a greater level of stigma, I think.” That comment is from Larry Villano, who spoke last week at the national conference of the American Association of Suicidology. He was talking about the suicide attempt survivors group he and others have created in the Phoenix area. These groups don’t form easily. […]

National conference: ‘Where is everybody?’

I’m a shy public speaker, but today I joined two other suicide attempt survivors in speaking at the national conference of the American Association of Suicidology. Last year was the first time in the 44 years of the conference that a plenary, or full, session was devoted to the issue of attempt survivors, and one […]

Portraits of attempt survivors, and a film

After coming across photographer Douglas Ljungkvist, who was quoted in the previous post, I e-mailed him. He says his series of portraits of attempt survivors began after a friend’s suicide. Intense research into the subject followed. “Having reached out to numerous NGOs, government agencies, the media and medical community, without getting anywhere, I came across […]

More on veterans, and a diagnosis

New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof this week turned his attention to suicide among veterans, and he began bluntly: “Here’s a window into a tragedy within the American military: For every soldier killed on the battlefield this year, about 25 veterans are dying by their own hands.” When a prominent piece on suicide is […]

The Pulitzer Prizes

The annual Pulitzer Prizes for excellence in journalism were announced today, and among the winners is this photo essay by Craig F. Walker by The Denver Post. He explored the life of Brian Scott Ostrom, who came home from his service in Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder. One of the most striking photos is a […]