Talking About Suicide

Because it's not a taboo

Month: June 2012

Talking with Yvonne Bergmans

“So many care providers only see people when they’re not well. They don’t get to see the other side. The gift I have, I get to see all sides.” Yvonne Bergmans started a support group for suicide attempt survivors at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto more than a dozen years ago, and she has been […]

‘Most suicidal people are not psychotic or insane’

Just quickly pointing out these “truths” about suicide from the U.S. Navy. Not bad. Aside from the one mentioned above, there’s this: “Discussing the subject of suicide openly promotes help-seeking behavior. … By starting the discussion before these feelings occur, you are not giving a suicidal person morbid ideas or increasing risk. The opposite is […]

Talking with Joseph Olszewski

Joseph Olszewski, or Joey, says he lost 75 to 80 percent of his friends after they found out about his suicide attempt. But he says the attempt, in a popular Brooklyn park in the middle of the day, was like pushing the “reset” button on his life. The friends he lost? They weren’t real friends […]