Therapists, Suicide, & Stigma: My Story

Therapists, Suicide, & Stigma: My Story

Written by on September 10, 2021 in All Posts with 15 Comments

A phone call at three in the morning comes as a siren, especially when you work at a crisis hotline. I was alone. Newly awakened, lying in a pull-down Murphy bed in the university counseling center, I pressed the phone against my ear. “I have a bottle of pills, and I want to take them […]

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Reaction to the President of the American Association of Suicidology’s Letter of Resignation

Reaction to the President of the American Association of Suicidology’s Letter of Resignation

On August 30, 2021, Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW, announced his resignation from the presidency of the American Association of Suicidology. At his request, I posted his resignation letter here in order to make the letter accessible to as many people as possible. On Sept. 14, he asked me to remove the letter, and I did. […]

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To Whom It May Concern: The American Association of Suicidology

To Whom It May Concern: The American Association of Suicidology

  Update 8/18/21: AAS posted a response today to the letter below. You can find their response here.  The American Association of Suicidology has been through a lot of turmoil. Earlier this summer, the national non-profit fired its executive director and didn’t tell any of its members until somebody else posted about it on Twitter […]

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The Pandemic, Suicide Rates, and Social Isolation

The Pandemic, Suicide Rates, and Social Isolation

Written by on December 30, 2020 in All Posts with 48 Comments

We don’t know if suicide rates in the U.S. have gone up since Covid-19 first spread around the country, but it’s not hard to find reports of people whose suicides seem indelibly linked to the pandemic. There’s Dr. Lorna Breen, the ER physician in New York City who worked 18-hour days in the height of […]

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Do You Wish You Could Go to Sleep and Never Wake Up?

Do You Wish You Could Go to Sleep and Never Wake Up?

“If only I could go to sleep forever.” “I want to die.” “I wish I’d never been born.” Do you ever have thoughts like these, and you do not want to kill yourself? Many people do. They want their life to end, but they don’t want to end their life. If you’re one of those […]

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12 Ways to Get Therapy if You Can’t Afford It

12 Ways to Get Therapy if You Can’t Afford It

Many people who have suicidal thoughts or other challenges need psychotherapy, but cannot afford it. There are options, though, for receiving therapy without giving up other necessities or going into debt. Here are a dozen: 1. Contact your health insurance company, if you have insurance. Most health insurance companies in the U.S. are required to […]

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Let’s (Really) Talk about Suicide

Let’s (Really) Talk about Suicide

In a week when two celebrities, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, died by suicide within days of each other, so did hundreds of other people in the U.S. One of them was named Flinn, a classmate of mine in high school. On Flinn’s public Facebook page, an outpouring of sympathetic posts, one after the other, […]

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In Defense of Suicide Prevention

In Defense of Suicide Prevention

Many people take offense at my stance on suicide prevention. They send me angry emails or texts. They post challenging comments on this site. Some people are so passionate about the right to die by suicide that they resort to harassment. I have received threatening missives and calls from numerous people, some of whom advise me […]

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When Suicidal Thoughts Do Not Go Away

When Suicidal Thoughts Do Not Go Away

The popular image of someone who is in danger of suicide goes like this: A person has suicidal thoughts. It’s a crisis. The person gets help, and the crisis resolves within days or weeks. That’s the popular image, and thankfully it does happen for many people. But for others, suicidal thoughts do not go away. […]

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10 Things to Say to a Suicidal Person

10 Things to Say to a Suicidal Person

Many people desperately want to know what to say – and what not to say – to someone who is thinking of suicide. The article 10 Things Not to Say to a Suicidal Person is SpeakingOfSuicide.com’s most popular post. Almost a half-million people have viewed it in the last 2½ years. Several hundred have left […]

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