Talking About Suicide

Because it's not a taboo

Month: November 2012

More on Lazzaric Caldwell

I’ve written before about the case of Lazzaric Caldwell, a young man who has been prosecuted in a U.S. military court for his suicide attempt. This is a striking case, considering the military’s stated concern about the high number of suicides and other mental health issues among active duty members and veterans. (A suicide attempt […]

Talking with Craig A. Miller

I came across Craig A. Miller because he did what no one does on the “I Attempted Suicide” section of The Experience Project website: He posted under his real name. Before his attempt at age 20, he fought a strong obsessive-compulsive disorder that had him, among other things, collecting the scraps of paper he found […]

Talking with Tom Greensides

Tom Greensides is yet another of the outspoken Canadians who make me wonder what’s going on up there above the border. We spoke this week, and he gave me a good introduction to the surgery called deep brain stimulation, which is the first treatment that has managed to keep his depression at bay. It wasn’t […]

Care to share your notes and journals?

There’s been quite a bit of research into the suicide notes and journals left by people who kill themselves, but the same level of interest hasn’t extended yet to the notes and journals of people who tried to kill themselves and lived. Now one well-known researcher says he’s open to taking a look. David Lester, […]

Talking with Arnold Thomas

Arnold Thomas may have been the most ornery of the people I’ve spoken with for this blog, but that’s in a good way. He properly punishes you for asking a yes-or-no question by giving the one-word answer and stopping there. Over the phone, I could practically hear him smiling. We spoke last month. I came […]

Talking with Janice Sorensen

I was happy to find another support for group for suicide attempt survivors, this time in Massachusetts. I came across the Alternatives to Suicide Peer Support Groups while looking over the schedule of the recent Alternatives conference, a national gathering of mental health peer support workers. So maybe the idea will grow. Janice Sorensen was […]