Talking About Suicide

Because it's not a taboo

Month: September 2012

Reading about Sue Martin

“When I began writing about my experiences I tried, in every way, to avoid telling that one part of my story, that I am blind as the result of a suicide attempt. It just didn’t work. It was like denying that I have a right arm.” I’ve just come across the blog of Sue Martin, […]

Talking With Daniel Alland

I came across Daniel Alland when he wrote a blog post in the UK about his suicide attempt several years ago. I hadn’t spoken with anyone from over there, and I wondered whether it was somehow easier in the UK to talk about suicide. We spoke by Skype, and then I went back and re-read […]

Talking with Shari Sinwelski

Earlier this year, I got the chance to meet Shari Sinwelski, who works for the pioneering group Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in the Los Angeles area. They’ve started one of the very few support groups for attempt survivors, and now questions are coming in from around the country by people curious, though nervous, about […]

New: National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

After what must have been an enormous amount of herding bureaucratic cats, the U.S. surgeon general and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention have released the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. It’s rich in information resources and includes a small nod to suicide attempt survivors, and I picked out the most interesting parts […]