Speaking of Suicide – A New Blog

Hello, my name is Stacey Freedenthal, and I am excited to start this blog on suicide. I am passionate both about preventing suicide- what one author calls “unnecessary deaths” – and about understanding the intense psychological pain and despair that can drive a person to end their life.

I have a lot to say about the topic of suicide, for several reasons. As a psychotherapist, my clinical work in crisis settings and private practice has dealt with a great deal of people who experienced suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide. As a social work professor, my research focuses on suicide-related topics, such as measuring suicidal intent and differentiating between suicidal and non-suicidal self injury. And as a regular human, suicide has touched my life in various, profound ways (more on that another time).

Who this Blog is For

This blog is intended for anyone who is affected by suicide – whether you are thinking of suicide or have attempted suicide, or you are a psychotherapist who treats suicidal individuals, or you recently lost a loved one to suicide, or you have a suicidal friend or family member and want to know how to help, or you are interested in the topic of suicide for some other reason.

Things to Come

As this blog unfolds, I intend to write about many topics, some specifically for therapists, some for survivors of suicide, some for suicidal individuals – although all the topics may be of interest to curious folks. The topics will include (not in any particular order):

 Interested in Another Topic about Suicide?

If you have any topics you would like me to address in this blog or have questions for me, please use the contact form below or email me directly at speakingofsuicide@gmail.com

Thanks, and please check back again soon!

© 2013 Stacey Freedenthal

Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, is the author of “Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals,” a psychotherapist and consultant, and an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.

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  1. Joyce Savage says:

    I would like to see you do a post on Borderline Personality Disorder and suicide

    • Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW says:

      Great idea! I haven’t written new posts lately but will definitely put this on my list for when I do. Thanks for contributing.

  2. Anne DiNoto says:

    Cont. from previous post…other topics I’m interested in are: police/first responders and suicide; the legacy of suicide in families and careers in suicide prevention.

    • Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW says:

      Anne, these are great ideas! Thanks for proposing them. I will definitely put them on my list. There are a couple good books that I can recommend offhand about the legacy of suicide in families. One is Linda Gray Sexton’s book about the suicide of her mother, the poet Anne Sexton. It is called Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide. (Be warned that hers is a wrenching account, though ultimately inspirational.) Another is In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of her Mother’s Suicide. Both of these books are memoirs; there are also many academic articles available on this important topic.

  3. Anne DiNoto says:

    I like your blog. I found your blog thru a google alert I set up on “suicide attempt”. I’m working on the SAMHSA challenge contest to create a mobile app for patients being discharged from ED and in-patients units. I’m also exploring suicide prevention as a career and I’m a survivor.
    I’d love to connect to chat about the SAMHSA contest.

    • Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW says:

      Hello Anne, it certainly looks like you are doing very important work for survivors and for people at risk for suicide. I read the article you linked to, and I am sorry about your uncles’ suicides. Thank you for helping to organize the AFSP International Survivors of Suicide Day. Let’s connect via email. I am interested in hearing more about your work.

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