Talking About Suicide

Because it's not a taboo

About Me

NOTE: This blog is no longer active. The original content is below, but this is a living archive. The original author has asked me to take it over and maintain it. If you have questions, I can be reached at des@livethroughthis.org.

I’m C.A. I’ve been a journalist since the age of 16. Most recently I was reporting from China for a large news organization, and I’m now based in New York. This blog and what I say in it has nothing to do with my job or my employer.

I should add that suicide is not at the center of my life, but it’s part of what has shaped me. And yes, I’ve attempted suicide myself. At the moment, I feel the need to talk about it. I’m also a member of the attempt survivor task force with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the recently formed attempt survivor task force for the American Association of Suicidology. Again, the opinions on this blog are my own.

Please see my first blog post for a quick idea of my thinking. As I update this several months later, I can see how that thinking is changing a bit.

Because life is far more than this issue, here are a few things I love: Hiking, biking, Chengdu taxi drivers, good nonfiction writing, smart and supportive editors, the mountains of Pakistan and beyond, Central Park, public interest lawyers, Bollywood films.