Talking About Suicide

Because it's not a taboo

Month: July 2012

Talking with Cathy Read-Wilson

How many people working on crisis lines have had their own experience with suicide? Cathy Read-Wilson’s suicide attempt came after she had started volunteering with one. She found that the organization didn’t panic, later hired her and has worked with her ever since. Cathy explains the system, including how it keeps her supervisor informed when […]

Talking with Carolyn Edgar

This month I came across The Siwe Project, which focuses on mental health awareness in what it calls the “global black community.” What drew me there was a newly posted essay by Carolyn Edgar, who describes herself as a Harvard law graduate, a writer and a single mom. Her essay for the project’s No Shame […]

Reading about Christian Ellis

Christian Ellis was trained as a classical singer, and he turned his military experiences in the war in Iraq into an opera, “Fallujah.” It debuted this month with the help of City Opera Vancouver and can be seen here. Like many veterans, Christian has fought to adapt to his memories and to his return home. […]

Reading about Carolyn Edgar

Last week, I came across The Siwe Project, which focuses on mental health awareness in what it calls the “global black community.” What drew me there was a newly posted essay by Carolyn Edgar, who describes herself as a Harvard law graduate, a writer and a single mom. Her essay for the project’s No Shame […]

Talking with Mike Stutz

“You want to stop a conversation quickly? Tell someone you’d like to make a funny movie about suicide. It’s a little like asking a stranger about their favorite masturbation techniques. A sour look is followed by uncomfortable silence and a quick exit.” This is how longtime director Mike Stutz introduces his new documentary, “Don’t Change […]

A new book on attempt survivors

Sabrina Strong, who runs the new and rather fascinating Waking Up Alive House in New Mexico, recently passed along a letter from a man named Clifford Williams. He’s a philosophy professor and author, and he’s collecting interviews with survivors of suicide attempts for a book he’s planning. I spoke with him this week. He asks […]