Talking About Suicide

Because it's not a taboo

Month: August 2013

Talking with Katie King

As I went again through this interview with Katie King, I realized that I still knew little of the details of her everyday life. Instead, she had guided me through the thinking that has occupied her since her attempt a year and a half ago. It was pretty fascinating, because she hadn’t figured it all […]

Talking with Joel Phillips

Joel Phillips’ turnaround came on a bike ride. He had been overweight, inert, depressed. Enough factors fell into place to click him into a final decision: He would ride out to a quiet spot and shoot himself. Instead, he returned that day in 2009 and has become a passionate advocate for biking in his Colorado […]

Talking with Darick Reed

“I didn’t want to die on my suicide prevention walk. It kind of defeats the purpose.” So there he was, Darick Reed, about 100 miles into an epic walk for suicide awareness and stuck in the biggest heat wave of the year. In remote Montana, too. He ended up in the emergency room being pumped […]

Talking with Jessica Blau

“Almost on a daily basis, when I take a shower, or I’ll be looking in the mirror, brushing my teeth, putting face lotion on, and sometimes I’ll be staring in the mirror and be like, ‘Who are you? And what are you now?’” Jessica Blau is making her way back from a fairly recent suicide […]